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The chop-socky wire-fu scenes are beautifully choreographed, but pretty crudely edited; despite its gourmet neo-grindhouse trappings, the film won't bring the heat like you've never seen before.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Man with the Iron Fists is an off-balanced and bloated martial arts film that barely gets by on its gorgeous set design.
| Original Score: 3/5
Within the barebones scaffolding of its story, there are ample opportunities for delivering many massive martial arts smack-downs. All are wasted.
| Original Score: 6.2/10
Given the talent on board, this registers as a disappointment, but even with the clunky dialogue and subpar fight scenes, it's watchable fun.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rather than excitement, the most convincing feeling evoked here is déjà vu.
(RZA) is a terrible actor, an incompetent narrator, a mediocre writer and (spatter) paint-by-numbers director.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
The blood spurts, the knives shoot out, and the fists fly - but The Man with the Iron Fists never takes off.
A one-note pastiche featuring impressive wire-fu, bloody mayhem and CGI mutilation.
The story is both dull and confusing with a profusion of characters scrapping over some fabled gold.
An homage to old-school kung fu movies that ends up being more fun in theory than it is on the screen, "The Man With the Iron Fists" boasts some giddy, bloody action sequences and a whole lot of dull genre cliches the rest of the time.
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.
Thank goodness for Russell Crowe who gives a sardonic, who-gives-a-damn performance as one of the good guys.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
For those of you who've been looking forward to a totally awesome and crazy martial arts flick, prepare to be epically disappointed. Because this movie SUCKS!
| Original Score: .5/4
Whatever it is, The Man with the Iron Fists is more plodding than riotous, in desperate need of an actual filmmaker to clarify its sincere tributes and silly winks.
| Original Score: D+
At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long.
A mixed bag of lumpen dialogue and martial-arts magic that never quite coalesces into the delirious mayhem we'd hoped for.
Only for those who love their martial arts flicks no matter how cheesy or silly - or those who love the (sometimes discordant) mix of Asian and hip-hop culture.
There's little happening here except slavish imitation and embarrassing hackwork.