• Ironclad
    2 minutes 59 seconds
    Added: Jun 7, 2011

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Ironclad Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

Terrific action spectacle and a great tattered and beaten performance from Paul Giamatti, but the film is largely lifeless and dull.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 6/10

January 29, 2012
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

Most of the movie is so bland and has such a lack of passion for characters or story that it makes you wonder why anyone cared enough to make it.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.2/10

July 22, 2011
Jason Best
Movie Talk

James Purefoy's Marshal is still bound by his Templar oaths, but will he be able to preserve his vow of chastity when Kate Mara's lady of the castle starts fondling his great big Templar sword?

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

July 18, 2011
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy

What saves the flick is Paul Giamatti's John, played as a petulant, damaged man born in a world where he wields the power of a god and inevitably rages as that power is snatched away.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Good gravy, if you're looking for satisfyingly bloody swordplay, look no further.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

July 8, 2011
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Like Takashii Miike's 13 Assassins, Ironclad takes a familiar genre-the historical action picture-and colors it blood-red.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 8, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This English sword-battle drama is a mess. But there's a violent simplicity and a lack of pretentiousness that's refreshing.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The problem is that the movie is only swords and stage blood. The suits of armor are all empty.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2011
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 8, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of "Ironclad."

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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The loud, closely photographed limb-hacking becomes as monotonous as the movie's unrelentingly gray palette.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 8, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A gore-filled guilty pleasure...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2011
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

A certain bloody matinee charm to it, if your idea of charm is brutally graphic combat scenes and well-known faces hamming it up in the downtime between.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/4

July 7, 2011
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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The core fan base of this English sword battle drama will pay for the boundary-pushing blood and gore. Why bore them with things like plot and context and production values?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The action is cluttered and the story overly compressed, with a lot of yammering about who's aligned with whom and why (no wonder Mr. Giamatti's eyes keep rolling) in between the geysers of red.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2011
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Through it all, Paul Giamatti spits bilious fury as a ruthless king with a mile-wide mean streak and an army of Danish mercenaries. What's not to like?

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 7, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2011
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Purefoy is as bleakly gorgeous as the film around him... With scads of bloody action and a boot in the ass to the notion of the divine right of kings, this is flick to hit you both in the gut and in the head.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

July 7, 2011
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

Fetishizes the various ways in which men can be skewered by medieval weaponry

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2011
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