The Man With the Iron Fists Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 6, 2012
It's leaden, boorish and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
December 6, 2012
The story is both dull and confusing with a profusion of characters scrapping over some fabled gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
December 6, 2012
an affectionate recreation of Shaw Brothers kung fu, but for all its inventive weaponry & varied fighting methods, its heady mêlée of sex & gore, its grand gestures and nostalgic stylings, it is also entirely lacking in any real substance of its own.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
December 6, 2012
Numb pastiche, so frazzled you can't find a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 6, 2012
The grindhouse grinds on. There are a few pretty sparks among the ugly noises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 6, 2012
It's never as much fun as it ought to be and is let down by dull performances, some disappointing fight scenes, a lacklustre script and a general lack of conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
December 6, 2012
Appealing supporting turns from Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu can't salvage this shoddily structured and messily executed homage to the martial arts movie genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 5, 2012
An in-yer-face showcase of violence, female objectification and Eastern, wu xia action made to make adolescent lads drool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Carnevale
The List
December 4, 2012
It's sure to gain cult status but it's still a real mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
December 3, 2012
A mixed bag of lumpen dialogue and martial-arts magic that never quite coalesces into the delirious mayhem we'd hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
December 2, 2012
Rather than excitement, the most convincing feeling evoked here is déjà vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
December 2, 2012
For a man who makes his living as a performer and a wordsmith, the writing and acting of this rapper turned filmmaker both leave a lot to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
December 2, 2012
Crowe has a blast - and has never been better - in this oversteamed paean to chop-socky classics. With its severe edit, though, the narrative proves almost incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 1, 2012
Slo-mo and blood fountains, choreographed and synchronised fight scenes inside and outside the brothel (where much of the action takes place) are all treated with genre-loving enthusiasm
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 1, 2012
Revenge, redemption and brotherhood are the themes of this mash-up martial arts spectacular whose elements range from haphazard and confusing to visually thrilling
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 30, 2012
Kung fu fans will be happy that Iron Fists exists and is just as entertaining as they hoped it would be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
November 23, 2012
Grisly and goofy, this ode to the Shaw Brothers' '70s-era kung fu epics serves up 96 minutes of murder and mutilation and not a lot else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gibbs
The National
November 21, 2012
Wearing its influences proudly on its sleeve, fans are likely to lap it up with glee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
November 20, 2012
Oh, how 'The Man With the Iron Fists' longs to be 'Kill Bill.' It isn't, but its environments, blood-letting and martial arts, along with an interesting score and soundtrack, make no bones about its filmmakers being Quentin Tarantino devotees.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
November 13, 2012
RZA's obvious and infectious affection for the genre carries the film past its equally obvious rough spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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