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Solomon Kane Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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A borrowed mélange of Lord of the Rings pomp, weightless CGI sorcery, artfully smudged cheekbones and exceedingly dull sword slicings.

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

September 25, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

Both the movie and the hero are too relentlessly dour.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

September 14, 2012
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Renouncing CGI and superhuman stunts, 'Solomon Kane' gives Solomon and its own effective visuals time to develop.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 13, 2012
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

More numbing than rousing, leaving a perfectly acceptable lead performance from James Purefoy to carry the lion's share of the picture's appeal, and it's a weight that's often too much for the actor to bear.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

September 13, 2012
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com

...a wet blanket of gloom and humorlessness.

Full Review Source: Horror.com

July 24, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It's doubtful Kane will ever rival Conan--Howard's other creation--in terms of fame, but his world is definitely one that I would be willing to visit again.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2010
Luke Y. Thompson
Geekweek

Don't misunderstand -- this is no masterpiece akin to Orson Welles' similarly named Citizen, but it's entertaining pulp, cheesy but not campy.

Full Review Source: Geekweek

April 28, 2010

Scotsman

The film fails to take full advantage, possessing neither a sense of its own ridiculousness nor the flat-out propulsive energy that would make concerns about its hokey storyline irrelevant.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

February 23, 2010
David Hughes
Empire Magazine

If weapons and wizardry get your blood up, and you prefer your movies dark and brooding and minus the sandals, Solomon Kane fits the bill. It may lack The Lord Of The Rings' majesty, but Robert E. Howard fans will lap it up.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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A monstrously entertaining action-adventure... the film's epic vision bears comparison with the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, its imaginative supernatural elements confidently fused with a savage reality.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2010

Film4

A hugely entertaining adaptation of the dark comic series.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 19, 2010
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian

There's plenty that's good here: a serious tone, steady pacing, muddy and bloody scenery and a convincing turn by Purefoy in his own west country accent. But Kane is an ill fit into the origins tale template; it's a story with few surprises.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

A thoroughly entertaining demon-slaying romp set in 16th Century Britain. Boasting an impressive lead performance by James Purefoy as the anti-hero seeking redemption, the film bears enough individual traits and dynamism to overcome its numerous flaws.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy

February 19, 2010
Matt Risley
Sky Movies

A combination of Purefoy's stoic, captivating performance and a number of bloodthirstily brilliant fight scenes ensure this is more Darling Bloods of May than twee cheese-fest.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010

Total Film

A brutal fusion of angst and action, this mini-epic gives the sword-and-sorcery genre a bleak, brusque new life. Watch it for some terrific limbchopping and a mighty turn by James Purefoy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Alan Jones
Radio Times

Decked out with terrific Czech locations, Klaus Badelt's rousing score, neat CGI visual effects keen biblical imagery and a solid supporting cast, the imperfections can be forgiven.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

James Purefoy is excellent as Kane, his natural charisma and charm ably compensating for the fact that Solomon does some pretty terrible things.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]

Dark and brooding, and fairly Lord of the Rings-esque in a smaller budget kind of way. Purefoy deftly handles the action like any A-lister leading man can. Great fun.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2010
Nick Setchfield
SFX Magazine

An effective slice of occult high adventure, a sombre swashbuckler that pays its pulp source material a flinty, tight-lipped respect.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an exciting initial entry in what could (and should) be an ongoing series.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2009
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