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The Man With the Iron Fists Reviews

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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
November 1, 2012
The chop-socky wire-fu scenes are beautifully choreographed, but pretty crudely edited; despite its gourmet neo-grindhouse trappings, the film won't bring the heat like you've never seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
February 17, 2013
The Man with the Iron Fists is an off-balanced and bloated martial arts film that barely gets by on its gorgeous set design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Wold
Paste Magazine
November 9, 2012
Within the barebones scaffolding of its story, there are ample opportunities for delivering many massive martial arts smack-downs. All are wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
Eric Eisenberg
November 11, 2012
he film does have some interesting choreography and the props department outdid themselves when it came to weapons, but the only reason to focus in on that stuff is because the rest of the movie is so unimpressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Lambrechts
FILMINK (Australia)
December 7, 2012
Given the talent on board, this registers as a disappointment, but even with the clunky dialogue and subpar fight scenes, it's watchable fun.
Tom Clift
December 2, 2012
For a man who makes his living as a performer and a wordsmith, the writing and acting of this rapper turned filmmaker both leave a lot to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
December 2, 2012
Rather than excitement, the most convincing feeling evoked here is déjà vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
November 2, 2012
(RZA) is a terrible actor, an incompetent narrator, a mediocre writer and (spatter) paint-by-numbers director.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
December 2, 2012
Crowe has a blast - and has never been better - in this oversteamed paean to chop-socky classics. With its severe edit, though, the narrative proves almost incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
November 2, 2012
The blood spurts, the knives shoot out, and the fists fly - but The Man with the Iron Fists never takes off.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
December 7, 2012
A one-note pastiche featuring impressive wire-fu, bloody mayhem and CGI mutilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
December 6, 2012
The story is both dull and confusing with a profusion of characters scrapping over some fabled gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
November 2, 2012
An homage to old-school kung fu movies that ends up being more fun in theory than it is on the screen, "The Man With the Iron Fists" boasts some giddy, bloody action sequences and a whole lot of dull genre cliches the rest of the time.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
December 6, 2012
Appealing supporting turns from Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu can't salvage this shoddily structured and messily executed homage to the martial arts movie genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 7, 2012
Thank goodness for Russell Crowe who gives a sardonic, who-gives-a-damn performance as one of the good guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 2, 2012
For those of you who've been looking forward to a totally awesome and crazy martial arts flick, prepare to be epically disappointed. Because this movie SUCKS!
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Brian Orndorf
November 2, 2012
Whatever it is, The Man with the Iron Fists is more plodding than riotous, in desperate need of an actual filmmaker to clarify its sincere tributes and silly winks.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 2, 2012
At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
December 3, 2012
A mixed bag of lumpen dialogue and martial-arts magic that never quite coalesces into the delirious mayhem we'd hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kofi Outlaw
November 2, 2012
Only for those who love their martial arts flicks no matter how cheesy or silly - or those who love the (sometimes discordant) mix of Asian and hip-hop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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