Ironclad Reviews

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Dominic Radcliffe
Little White Lies
March 3, 2011
If it had been irony clad it might have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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+
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
June 10, 2011
Ironclad is the sort of movie where they behand three people in a row.
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
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
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 22, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5.2/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Cath Clarke
Guardian
March 3, 2011
Historically accurate? It's not certain everyone involved is even on the same script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
July 7, 2011
Fetishizes the various ways in which men can be skewered by medieval weaponry
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 2, 2011
One has to admire the spirit of this independent production, which aims for the sweeping spectacle of 'El Cid', but it falls way short of its epic ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
March 3, 2011
Slipshod storytelling allows the excitement to peak too early, leaving us considerably less engaged by the time the underwhelming and predictable final stand-off is upon us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 5, 2011
An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2011
Turning a rarely dramatised chapter of British history into a riotously grisly romp, this film starts out strongly as an exploration of people power then soon degenerates into a series of increasingly gory clashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 7, 2011
As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 8, 2011
The problem is that the movie is only swords and stage blood. The suits of armor are all empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 8, 2011
Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 16, 2011
largely disposable
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Singer
IFC.com
July 6, 2011
When they named 'em the Dark Ages, brother, they weren't kidding.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 27, 2011
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