The Man With the Iron Fists Synopsis
A blacksmith (RZA) channels ancient energies to forge himself into a human weapon.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
It's all sufficiently well done and amusing enough to satisfy the appetites of fans who mainline this sort of thing, but it also sports a...
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Boxoffice Magazine

It's a real film, and a fun one, made with gonzo good humor and plenty of action from the opening brutal battle over which the sound of The...
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Total Film

Grisly and goofy, this ode to the Shaw Brothers' '70s-era kung fu epics serves up 96 minutes of murder and mutilation and not a lot else....
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The movie plays things relatively straight, acknowledging clichés without the winking irony in which modern homages usually indulge. As...
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Don't let the 'Quentin Tarantino Presents' tag deceive you, this is a mixed bag of lumpen dialogue and martial-arts magic that never quite...
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Slant Magazine

By Steve Macfarlane
The chop-socky wire-fu scenes are beautifully choreographed, but pretty crudely edited; despite its gourmet neo-grindhouse trappings, the...
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Time Out New York

By Ben Kenigsberg
Both the martial arts and the slightly dull narrative patchwork are too choppily edited to gain much of a foothold.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
RZA's directorial debut is heavy on bloody kung fu action...and light on just about everything else.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie wants to be deadly cool, but mostly it's just deadly.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long. If they're going to put this artifact in theaters, they'd better charge 1973...
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By mattbush12
It's good if you are into kung fu movies, but this is a very confused movie. It can't decide what it wants to be and honestly RZA's performance made it all the worse. Replace RZA with a chinese actor...

Classic Kung Fu

By MedRed
I remember in the early 90's when the RZA talked about his passion for classic Kung Fu movies. He's finally had a chance to make one of his own... and it's faithful to its predecessors. What does...

Confucius say person who watch this movie is one smart cookie.

By bcjmunroe
Watching this movie brought me back to the '80s when I watched Kung Fu Theatre on USA. This movie was no block buster but it was a retro homage to those movies that entertained so many. If you enjoy...

Not the best Martial Arts flic, but definitely not the Worst..

By SansMerci3
RZA did a lovely job for his obviously first foray into film-making. Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu sure seemed like they were having a great time with their parts, and that's always nice to see. The...

What the Hades?

By QUiogue
Right about now I wish I bought tickets to the Katy Perry movie. I'd like to say simply this movie was bad but that would be disparaging the word bad and all its connotations. The acting is brutal....

Saturday Kung Fu

By TwinsNoles
This was great! It reminded me of the Saturday Kung fu flicks I watched as a kid. Not a lot of plot but lots of action. The story is decent. But I didn't go for the story. I went for excellent...

Wild Ride

By ricewilliamj
It's a fun movie. If you like Kung Fu it's spot on. The story needs something fleshed out but it stays true to 79s-80s movies in quality. See it!...


Some WTF moments, some great fight scenes. It was an "okay" movie. If you have time to waste, you could do worse than watching this movie....


By AceVintage
Written by Rza, Directed by Rza and the only movie that would star Rza. Simple, silly, funny with a portly Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu who is the real star. Scenery is awesome, but the 80s Prince-like...


By theonepf
This movie is not worth your time or money. Boring, not funny, bad action. It was not a good spoof on kung fu flicks nor was it a good kung fu flick if it was not trying to be a spoof. It's hard to...

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Rated R | For Brief Drug Use, Bloody Violence, Language and Strong Sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Violent but blah martial arts tribute from rapper RZA.
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