Ironclad Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
Terrific action spectacle and a great tattered and beaten performance from Paul Giamatti, but the film is largely lifeless and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.2/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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?
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 11, 2011
Good gravy, if you're looking for satisfyingly bloody swordplay, look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 8, 2011
Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
July 8, 2011
Like Takashii Miike's 13 Assassins, Ironclad takes a familiar genre-the historical action picture-and colors it blood-red.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2011
This English sword-battle drama is a mess. But there's a violent simplicity and a lack of pretentiousness that's refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 8, 2011
The problem is that the movie is only swords and stage blood. The suits of armor are all empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
July 8, 2011
Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2011
The loud, closely photographed limb-hacking becomes as monotonous as the movie's unrelentingly gray palette.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 8, 2011
A gore-filled guilty pleasure...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 7, 2011
As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
July 7, 2011
Fetishizes the various ways in which men can be skewered by medieval weaponry
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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