75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of Ironclad.
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70

Boxoffice Magazine

By Wade Major
Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A long way from his TV portrayal of John Adams, Giamatti seems to be having an especially good time as a splenetic King John, who would not be out of place in a Monty Python movie.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Like all sieges, this offers moments of choppy terror and excitement followed by dull sit-it-out-and-starve spots. Straddled between uproarious schoolboy tosh and serious historical movie, this still offers enough dismemberments, royal tantrums and portcullis-rammings to make for a lively Saturday night out.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
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?
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50

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
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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38

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
By making John such an unrepentant freedom-opposing monster, Ironclad denies itself any moral thorniness.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
A gore fest aimed at indiscriminate action fans. Those interested in learning more about goings on in medieval history will probably find the splatter tedious and off-putting.
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20

Time Out New York

By David Fear
This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.
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42 out of 100
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