• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:
    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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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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2012
Rob Gonsalves

The movie is undeniably colorful and action-packed, and gorier than a slaughterhouse floor. But something's missing.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The violence is extreme and preposterous, the fights ingeniously choreographed, the producer Tarantino (his actual credit is "presents").

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

December 9, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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 Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2012
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia

A vacuous but fun exercise in chop-sock style over substance.

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

December 7, 2012
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 7, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's so over the top that I just thought it was a hoot.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2012
James White
SFX Magazine

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 Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

As long as you accept some magnificently bad dialogue, this is silly, fun and ludicrous beyond belief.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

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 mle 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
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
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
Michael Dequina

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
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Let the brilliant, epic silliness of The Man With the Iron Fists engulf you in a tsunami of crimson cheese and you, like I, will have a super-happy-fun-big-smile-crazy-face-monkey-time.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 9, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The Man with the Iron Fists is fun as hell and it knows what it is. RZA's Blaxploitation, Kung Fu Remix debut sounds and looks stellar.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 3/5

November 5, 2012
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