Hands of Stone Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2017
A hard-nosed biopic of the Panamanian prizefighter Roberto Duran, Hands of Stone is primarily a showcase for Edgar Ramirez.
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.
November 15, 2016
As far as bio-pics go -- especially of still-living subjects -- we could not hope for anything more candid.
November 15, 2016
A film in which the presence of Robert De Niro, gives it solidity and depth to the journey of a man made to himself. [Full review in Spanish]
November 11, 2016
Besides punches, a boxing film needs heart, stories of triumph, sacrifices and controversies. Hands of Stone has them. [Full review in Spanish]
November 10, 2016
A film with well narrated fights, the period reconstruction (the decades of 1970 and 1980, plus some flashbacks) is impeccable and has a dramatic elemental background. [Full review in Spanish]
November 8, 2016
Very well acted, entertaining and informative.
October 21, 2016
If you only know the name Durn, then this is a good way of learning more. Plus, this is a good calling card for the under-rated Ramirez who shows he can totally lead a film.
September 26, 2016
Writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz threads a second, personal battle beneath Durn's flurry of punches . . This personal touch raises the lively athletic melodrama out of maudlin telenovela territory.
September 1, 2016
It's well-mounted and well-acted by a cast that includes Rubn Blades as Durn's manager, Usher Raymond IV as Sugar Ray Leonard, John Turturro as a shadowy Mafia figure and Ana de Armas as Durn's wife.
August 31, 2016
Hands of Stone is a mixed punching bag.
August 27, 2016
"Hands of Stone" is an amazing story of how strength, determination and self pride can change the course of one's life.
August 27, 2016
If you are old enough to remember the classic battles between Duran and Leonard, "Hands of Stone" is a respectable homage to that time.
August 26, 2016
Edgar Ramirez's terrific leading performance and some astounding boxing sequences make it doubly frustrating that Hands Of Stone never comes to grips with what to do in between bouts.
August 26, 2016
Roberto Duran, hands down, was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Suffice it to say, a great boxer deserves a great biopic. Hands of Stone is not that, but it's not bad, either.
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