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Ironclad Reviews

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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
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
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
July 8, 2011
Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts.
| 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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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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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
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.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 29, 2011
Character study, history lesson, and bloody war story, "Ironclad" adds up to more than the sum of its violent parts if only just barely.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 28, 2011
English has imbued proceedings with a gratifying brutality; a grubby, washed out, theatre of nastiness...
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 4, 2011
It's a persuasive portrayal of a violent era and its harsh privations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 7, 2011
The characters and dialogue lack the vibrancy of the action but, all in all, this is much more enjoyable than Ridley Scott's po-faced Robin Hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
March 7, 2011
A topical history lesson in the form of a horror comic.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 4, 2011
He sure isn't the obvious choice to play King John, but US-born Sideways star Paul Giamatti pulls it off in this bleak and bloody drama examining the terrible vengeance he visited on his enemies post-Magna Carta.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
March 4, 2011
For those who've always found Robin Hood yarns a trifle lightweight, this rufty-tufty beer-swilling, limb-lopping examination of King John attempting to quash a rebellion after being forced to sign the Magna Carta is worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 2, 2011
Captures the contemporary imagination: freedom for every man ... we empathise with its characters' determination to defend this ideal ... we easily commit to the grounds for the barbarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 2, 2011
The walls are awash with mashed heads, gouting wounds, split torsos and burnt flesh. It's like being put in the stocks and pelted with raw offal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 27, 2011
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