Ironclad Reviews

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January 29, 2012
Terrific action spectacle and a great tattered and beaten performance from Paul Giamatti, but the film is largely lifeless and dull.
July 22, 2011
Most of the movie is so bland and has such a lack of passion for characters or story that it makes you wonder why anyone cared enough to make it.
July 18, 2011
James Purefoy's Marshal is still bound by his Templar oaths, but will he be able to preserve his vow of chastity when Kate Mara's lady of the castle starts fondling his great big Templar sword?
July 14, 2011
What saves the flick is Paul Giamatti's John, played as a petulant, damaged man born in a world where he wields the power of a god and inevitably rages as that power is snatched away.
July 11, 2011
Good gravy, if you're looking for satisfyingly bloody swordplay, look no further.
July 8, 2011
Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds.
July 8, 2011
Like Takashii Miike's 13 Assassins, Ironclad takes a familiar genre-the historical action picture-and colors it blood-red.
July 8, 2011
The problem is that the movie is only swords and stage blood. The suits of armor are all empty.
July 8, 2011
Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts.
July 8, 2011
As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of "Ironclad."
July 8, 2011
The loud, closely photographed limb-hacking becomes as monotonous as the movie's unrelentingly gray palette.
July 8, 2011
A gore-filled guilty pleasure...
July 7, 2011
A certain bloody matinee charm to it, if your idea of charm is brutally graphic combat scenes and well-known faces hamming it up in the downtime between.
July 7, 2011
The core fan base of this English sword battle drama will pay for the boundary-pushing blood and gore. Why bore them with things like plot and context and production values?
July 7, 2011
The action is cluttered and the story overly compressed, with a lot of yammering about who's aligned with whom and why (no wonder Mr. Giamatti's eyes keep rolling) in between the geysers of red.
July 7, 2011
Through it all, Paul Giamatti spits bilious fury as a ruthless king with a mile-wide mean streak and an army of Danish mercenaries. What's not to like?
July 7, 2011
As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
July 7, 2011
Purefoy is as bleakly gorgeous as the film around him... With scads of bloody action and a boot in the ass to the notion of the divine right of kings, this is flick to hit you both in the gut and in the head.
July 7, 2011
Fetishizes the various ways in which men can be skewered by medieval weaponry
July 7, 2011
It's overlong, but Ironclad provides a righteous jolt, working as a gritty work of period recreation and as a sword-swinging marathon of squirting blood and flying severed limbs.
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