• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:
    RZA
    In Theaters:
    Nov 2, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 12, 2013
  • Universal Studios

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The Man With the Iron Fists Reviews

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

The story is both dull and confusing with a profusion of characters scrapping over some fabled gold.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

December 6, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Numb pastiche, so frazzled you can't find a pulse.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The grindhouse grinds on. There are a few pretty sparks among the ugly noises.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

An in-yer-face showcase of violence, female objectification and Eastern, wu xia action made to make adolescent lads drool.

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

December 5, 2012
Rob Carnevale
The List

It's sure to gain cult status but it's still a real mess.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2012
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine

A mixed bag of lumpen dialogue and martial-arts magic that never quite coalesces into the delirious mayhem we'd hoped for.

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

December 3, 2012
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

Rather than excitement, the most convincing feeling evoked here is déjà vu.

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

December 2, 2012
Tom Clift
Moviedex

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 Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

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 Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 5/10

December 2, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 1, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Revenge, redemption and brotherhood are the themes of this mash-up martial arts spectacular whose elements range from haphazard and confusing to visually thrilling

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 1, 2012
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Kung fu fans will be happy that Iron Fists exists and is just as entertaining as they hoped it would be.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 30, 2012
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

November 23, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The National

Wearing its influences proudly on its sleeve, fans are likely to lap it up with glee.

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 3/5

November 21, 2012
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

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 Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Original Score: 2/4

November 20, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

RZA's obvious and infectious affection for the genre carries the film past its equally obvious rough spots.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2012
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com

he film does have some interesting choreography and the props department outdid themselves when it came to weapons, but the only reason to focus in on that stuff is because the rest of the movie is so unimpressive.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2012
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