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Ironclad Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 8, 2011
Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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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
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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.
Read More | 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
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 7, 2011
Unfortunately, a narrative needs characters as well as plot, and that's where Ironclad falls off its horse.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Fear
Time Out
July 6, 2011
This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 5, 2011
An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 5, 2011
While Ironclad captures the casual cruelty and flesh-and-bone violence of the 13th century, it fails to do the same in the more intimate material set in the downtime between assaults.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2011
Medieval history lesson with lots of shattered bodies and splattered limbs.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 5, 2011
Ironclad might be the perfect actioner for gorehound fanboys gaga for medieval trappings, but all others may find this British-American-German co-production a bit of a drag.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 2, 2011
One has to admire the spirit of this independent production, which aims for the sweeping spectacle of 'El Cid', but it falls way short of its epic ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5