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
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
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
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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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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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
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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.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 13, 2012
Renouncing CGI and superhuman stunts, 'Solomon Kane' gives Solomon and its own effective visuals time to develop.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 18, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
Geekweek
April 28, 2010
Don't misunderstand -- this is no masterpiece akin to Orson Welles' similarly named Citizen, but it's entertaining pulp, cheesy but not campy.
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
February 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
February 19, 2010
A hugely entertaining adaptation of the dark comic series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
February 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
February 19, 2010
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.
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