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Solomon Kane Reviews

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Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist

It's not everyone's cup of bloody tea, but an unapologetic genre treat for those willing to dive in.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

March 14, 2013
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Formulaic, but it settles down into a fine if square-jawed groove, delivering rousing adventure of a sort which should generally please fans of throwback, morally black-and-white entertainment.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: B-

November 1, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Director Michael J. Bassett seems to know how to correctly handle the material, giving it a lightness of touch but also enough bloody and shocking spectacle to stir up viewers.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2012
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

Writer/director Michael J. Bassett stages the carnage under so much rain-soaked filth, you can almost smell the stench. It's a good stench.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

October 2, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Few characters have much to do but grunt and scream and bleed.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 29, 2012
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered

Uneven and far less deep that it believes itself to be, Solomon Kane is nevertheless a solid B-movie diversion that excels when sticking to its pulpy, action-fantasy roots.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6.5/10

September 28, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

The script by director Michael J. Bassett wallows in formula and takes itself too seriously.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

September 28, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

If some of the special effects aren't so special and the theology is bit foggy, director Bassett knows that there is almost nothing more inherently scary than a dark forest and leading man Purefoy brings conviction to Kane.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B

September 28, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Been there, done that.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 28, 2012
Rob Vaux
Mania.com

Bassett gives us plenty of reasons to respect his tale, then refuses to break that contract with cheap tricks or shoddy delivery.

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: B+

September 28, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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"Solomon Kane" succeeds by embracing its identity as a straightforward genre exercise, complete with bone-crunching and blood-spurting action. By not aiming for more, it hits its target.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 27, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Who knew there were skinhead and zombie equivalents in late-Elizabethan England?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

September 27, 2012
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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It's hardly original (and Max von Sydow is wasted in brief scenes as Kane's father), but "Solomon Kane" is worthy of big-screen appreciation.

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

September 27, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Mr. Basset is too enamored of the usual action film clichés ... But he has a graphic visual style that suits the simplistic material and he keeps you watching even as the wet, sucking sounds of skewered flesh grows tedious.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2012
Scott Tobias
NPR
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It grinds along on the dubious strengths of its generic battle sequences and midbudget special effects, whipped up around a stone-faced hero who's part Christ figure, part embodiment of wickedness, all crippling bore.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 27, 2012
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

The fight choreography has a gracefulness bordering on elegance, and so it's a shame that these standalone thrills aren't better integrated into the film as a fully formed narrative whole.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 27, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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[It] does have its moments and gets better as it goes along.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Lacking a charismatic lead or villain, struggling with its big themes, it's not surprising this 2009 picture sat on the shelf for so long.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1/4

September 27, 2012
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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The results suggest a compelling movie could be made from the material, even if it isn't this one.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

September 27, 2012
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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It is, for a contemporary CGI-fraught fantasy-slash-living-video-game, not at all bad, dotted with moments of Bosch and steady on its storytelling feet.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 25, 2012
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