Hands of Stone Reviews
December 5, 2020
In its hastiness to chronicle the singular Panamanian star, the film can't be bothered with acceptable editing and structuring techniques.
September 10, 2020
A wannabe great film in search of a great script to seal the victory.
June 9, 2020
Both fits and breaks the mold for filmmakers trying to reinvent the wheel.
October 31, 2019
Although it's a split decision with a few rounds of the storytelling, Hands of Stone goes the distance for the win.
May 9, 2018
Walking out of the movie I was mostly disappointed, since I felt that there was something there that could've been great, but instead was ho-hum.
November 20, 2017
Hands of Stone isn't the black eye on the boxing genre, but it presents the genre at its most mediocre and formulaic.
November 6, 2017
This is certainly no Raging Bull. However, if you can invest in a boxer who is boisterous and bratty, Duran may hold your interest.
October 16, 2017
... Too many characters, too great a time span, and lack of focus on the main event.
September 22, 2017
Filming largely in Panama with substantial support from the government, writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz works to tie Duran's popularity with that country's struggle for respect and self-determination in the last half-century.
August 29, 2017
. . .Hands of Stone Venezuelan writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz muddies their story, hurrying from one unnecessary, underdeveloped scene to another.
August 18, 2017
With a more creative hand at the helm, this all might be exciting, except Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz keeps things moving along at a middling clip.
January 1, 2017
A hard-nosed biopic of the Panamanian prizefighter Roberto Duran, Hands of Stone is primarily a showcase for Edgar Ramirez.
December 31, 2016
All this cacophony of backstory ends up being counterproductive, especially when the film tries to convey what makes this fighter worthy of tribute (or forgiveness or reconsideration, depending on your perspective).
December 20, 2016
Although the film has all the ingredients of a boxing drama, the editing isn't interesting and only offers a set of irregular images. [Full review in Spanish]
December 8, 2016
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a sports movie in possession of a good story, must be a boxing movie.
December 6, 2016
Hands of Stone is a serviceable, reasonably entertaining biopic of Roberto Durn, with first rate performances that elevate it above its pedestrian execution.
December 5, 2016
Though the scenes in the ring are the equal of any, the drama progresses rather like something we have all seen before.
November 15, 2016
As far as bio-pics go -- especially of still-living subjects -- we could not hope for anything more candid.