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 8, 2011
Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds.
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
The loud, closely photographed limb-hacking becomes as monotonous as the movie's unrelentingly gray palette.
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
As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
July 7, 2011
Fetishizes the various ways in which men can be skewered by medieval weaponry
Top Critic
July 7, 2011
Unfortunately, a narrative needs characters as well as plot, and that's where Ironclad falls off its horse.
July 6, 2011
When they named 'em the Dark Ages, brother, they weren't kidding.
July 6, 2011
This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.
July 6, 2011
The script is so sodden and the action so agitated and fragmented that Ironclad simply seems like so much swordplay silliness.
July 5, 2011
An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt.
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.
July 3, 2011
Like most of Ridley Scott's medieval adventures, the film subscribes to such a stark good-versus-evil setup that it's devoid of any nuance or suspense.
June 16, 2011
largely disposable
June 10, 2011
Ironclad is the sort of movie where they behand three people in a row.
June 9, 2011
It may be rooted in historical fact, but Ironclad is about as likely to be confused for a history lesson on 13th Century England as Gladiator would for Ancient Rome.
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