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Solomon Kane Reviews

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Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 14, 2013
It's not everyone's cup of bloody tea, but an unapologetic genre treat for those willing to dive in.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
October 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 29, 2012
Few characters have much to do but grunt and scream and bleed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 28, 2012
The script by director Michael J. Bassett wallows in formula and takes itself too seriously.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2012
Been there, done that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
September 28, 2012
Bassett gives us plenty of reasons to respect his tale, then refuses to break that contract with cheap tricks or shoddy delivery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 27, 2012
Who knew there were skinhead and zombie equivalents in late-Elizabethan England?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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September 27, 2012
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.
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2012
[It] does have its moments and gets better as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 27, 2012
The results suggest a compelling movie could be made from the material, even if it isn't this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
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.
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