Ironclad Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 7, 2011
It's overlong, but Ironclad provides a righteous jolt, working as a gritty work of period recreation and as a sword-swinging marathon of squirting blood and flying severed limbs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 7, 2011
Unfortunately, a narrative needs characters as well as plot, and that's where Ironclad falls off its horse.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Singer
IFC.com
July 6, 2011
When they named 'em the Dark Ages, brother, they weren't kidding.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Fear
Time Out
July 6, 2011
This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 6, 2011
The script is so sodden and the action so agitated and fragmented that Ironclad simply seems like so much swordplay silliness.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 5, 2011
An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 5, 2011
While Ironclad captures the casual cruelty and flesh-and-bone violence of the 13th century, it fails to do the same in the more intimate material set in the downtime between assaults.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2011
Like most of Ridley Scott's medieval adventures, the film subscribes to such a stark good-versus-evil setup that it's devoid of any nuance or suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 29, 2011
Character study, history lesson, and bloody war story, "Ironclad" adds up to more than the sum of its violent parts if only just barely.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 28, 2011
English has imbued proceedings with a gratifying brutality; a grubby, washed out, theatre of nastiness...
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 16, 2011
largely disposable
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Devin Faraci
Badass Digest
June 10, 2011
Ironclad is the sort of movie where they behand three people in a row.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
June 9, 2011
It may be rooted in historical fact, but Ironclad is about as likely to be confused for a history lesson on 13th Century England as Gladiator would for Ancient Rome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
April 13, 2011
Would be forgivable for a genuine first timer, but Johnny English has directed before and produced enough to know the business. If you get production value and an A-list cast together, you've got to get your act together.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 4, 2011
It's a persuasive portrayal of a violent era and its harsh privations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2011
Medieval history lesson with lots of shattered bodies and splattered limbs.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
March 7, 2011
The characters and dialogue lack the vibrancy of the action but, all in all, this is much more enjoyable than Ridley Scott's po-faced Robin Hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
March 7, 2011
A topical history lesson in the form of a horror comic.
Sophie Ivan
Film4
March 7, 2011
Ugly, monotonous and involving a lot of waiting, no matter how many tantrums Giamatti throws or gory interludes the screenwriters sandwich in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 5, 2011
Ironclad might be the perfect actioner for gorehound fanboys gaga for medieval trappings, but all others may find this British-American-German co-production a bit of a drag.
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