Solomon Kane Reviews

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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
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
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 14, 2009
Storywise, it leaves a lot to be desired ... has many tonal and pacing problems, mainly because like the source material, it's all handled very seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
July 24, 2012
...a wet blanket of gloom and humorlessness.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2012
Been there, done that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 28, 2012
The script by director Michael J. Bassett wallows in formula and takes itself too seriously.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 25, 2012
A borrowed mélange of Lord of the Rings pomp, weightless CGI sorcery, artfully smudged cheekbones and exceedingly dull sword slicings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 12, 2009
This muscular yet monotonous Kane just isn't much fun.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
September 14, 2012
Both the movie and the hero are too relentlessly dour.
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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.

Scotsman
February 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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
Alan Jones
Radio Times
February 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Risley
Sky Movies
February 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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