The Man With the Iron Fists Reviews

Page 1 of 5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
All that matters here are cockamamie anachronistic music cues, low-rent filmmaking and one spectacularly hammy turn from Russell Crowe.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
February 17, 2013
The Man with the Iron Fists is an off-balanced and bloated martial arts film that barely gets by on its gorgeous set design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 11, 2013
When you team with Eli Roth, who has the writing talent of a sociopathic thirteen year old boy on Ritalin, what can you possibly expect but swill?
December 17, 2012
A scrappily authentic and entertainingly bloody tribute to old-school chopsocky films and taken purely on those terms, there's not a lot to complain about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
December 17, 2012
The movie is undeniably colorful and action-packed, and gorier than a slaughterhouse floor. But something's missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 9, 2012
The violence is extreme and preposterous, the fights ingeniously choreographed, the producer Tarantino (his actual credit is "presents").
December 7, 2012
The fists, feet and digital blood go flying in this enjoyable, frenetic, largely forgettable chop-socky extravaganza about, well, about a man with iron fists who gets into lots of fights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
December 7, 2012
One is occasionally infuriated by the archness of the exercise. But there is a charming innocence to Fists' faith in the values of 1970s cross-cultural exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia
December 7, 2012
A vacuous but fun exercise in chop-sock style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Lambrechts
FILMINK (Australia)
December 7, 2012
Given the talent on board, this registers as a disappointment, but even with the clunky dialogue and subpar fight scenes, it's watchable fun.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
December 7, 2012
Predictably, this kind of gleeful fanboy excess yields diminishing returns. RZA hasn't much sense of storytelling rhythm, and lacks Tarantino's gift for turning adolescent obsessions into something uniquely personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 7, 2012
It's so over the top that I just thought it was a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 7, 2012
Thank goodness for Russell Crowe who gives a sardonic, who-gives-a-damn performance as one of the good guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Russell Edwards
sbs.com.au
December 7, 2012
The Man with the Iron Fists is as limp as last week's wet noodles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
December 7, 2012
Rapper-turned-actor-turned-filmmaker RZA is clearly influenced by cohorts Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth as he indulges in this crazed pastiche of 1970s kung fu action romps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
December 7, 2012
Self-defeatingly "Tarantino-esque".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
December 7, 2012
A one-note pastiche featuring impressive wire-fu, bloody mayhem and CGI mutilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James White
SFX Magazine
December 7, 2012
The Man With The Iron Fists definitely isn't the most polished first effort. But if you approach it as a sloppy, OTT martial arts outing, you'll find the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
December 6, 2012
As long as you accept some magnificently bad dialogue, this is silly, fun and ludicrous beyond belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 6, 2012
Psychopaths will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Page 1 of 5