'Ironclad' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   59 reviews
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    A topical history lesson in the form of a horror comic.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cath Clarke Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Historically accurate? It's not certain everyone involved is even on the same script.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    This English sword-battle drama is a mess. But there's a violent simplicity and a lack of pretentiousness that's refreshing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    A gore-filled guilty pleasure...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ray Bennett Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Medieval history lesson with lots of shattered bodies and splattered limbs.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    38
    An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The loud, closely photographed limb-hacking becomes as monotonous as the movie's unrelentingly gray palette.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    60
    Terrific action spectacle and a great tattered and beaten performance from Paul Giamatti, but the film is largely lifeless and dull.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Bumbray JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Gandert Paste Magazine
    52
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    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?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Digital Spy
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mayer Nissim Digital Spy
    60
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI)
    75
    Good gravy, if you're looking for satisfyingly bloody swordplay, look no further.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    50
    The problem is that the movie is only swords and stage blood. The suits of armor are all empty.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Maitland McDonagh Film Journal International
    Like Takashii Miike's 13 Assassins, Ironclad takes a familiar genre-the historical action picture-and colors it blood-red.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wade Major Boxoffice Magazine
    70
    Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire Metromix.com
    40
    Fetishizes the various ways in which men can be skewered by medieval weaponry
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Shannon Seattle Times
    63
    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 » 3 years ago