Hands of Stone Reviews

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December 5, 2020
In its hastiness to chronicle the singular Panamanian star, the film can't be bothered with acceptable editing and structuring techniques.
August 30, 2018
Only comes out as incompetent at best.
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.
October 16, 2017
... Too many characters, too great a time span, and lack of focus on the main event.
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.
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 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 10, 2016
A story with all the necessary elements to become raw material for a truly epic film but in the end doesn't stand out in a sea of biopics. [Full review in Spanish]
November 5, 2016
It's no "Raging Bull."
October 4, 2016
An occasionally absorbing and well-acted film whose end result comes short of its ambition.
September 13, 2016
Another well-intentioned but feckless snooze.
September 9, 2016
A dutiful but emotionally hollow biopic.
September 2, 2016
A punch-less Roberto Duran boxing biopic.
August 31, 2016
... Roberto Durn is brought to life by the uber-talented Edgar Ramirez but is stuck in a film that frequently loses focus and tries to cover too much territory all at once.
August 31, 2016
In trying to encompass so much of Duran's life without taking us deep into what made him tick, yet expecting us to empathize with him, "Hands of Stone" ends up having feet of clay.
August 29, 2016
It's fumbling, fragmented and formulaic, despite the fancy footwork
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