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

The Man With the Iron Fists Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
Top Critic
November 6, 2012

As befits a Tarantino-endorsed production, the anachronisms, one-liners and clashing acting styles are ostensibly part of the fun, but both the martial arts and the slightly dull narrative patchwork are too choppily edited to gain much of a foothold.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
November 4, 2012

Lunatic, slipshod, absurdly violent, horribly acted, and borderline incomprehensible.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

There's little happening here except slavish imitation and embarrassing hackwork.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

If Iron Fists is sometimes badly made, it is refreshingly badly made.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

No matter the medium, RZA is a world-builder who has conceptualized the contours of the rich, bloody, dense universe he created down to the most insignificant details.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

The blood spurts, the knives shoot out, and the fists fly - but The Man with the Iron Fists never takes off.

Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

"The Man With the Iron Fists" is the type of movie that feels like you are always coming in half-way through, even if you watch it from the beginning. As an exercise in genre, this is the highest compliment.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

It may just be one of the best bad movies ever.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

As erratically enjoyable as it is consistently ridiculous, the martial arts pastiche "The Man With the Iron Fists" is the latest evidence that the vogue for neo-exploitation cinema shows no sign of flagging.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Barker
Variety
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

As endearing as it is exhausting, The Man With the Iron Fists bears strong resemblance to a hyperactive puppy: sloppy, scatterbrained, manic and migraine-inducing, but possessing an earnest sense of excitement.

Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

It's all sufficiently well done and amusing enough to satisfy the appetites of fans who mainline this sort of thing, but it also sports a concocted, second-hand feel common to this sort of throwback homage ...

Scott Bowles
USA Today
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

Goes a long way in demonstrating that a bad movie with big names is still a bad movie. Just prettier.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4