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  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The film is so generous in its characterizations that it's easy to overlook the fact that its hot-topic drama (bullying, economic marginalization, etc.) amounts to little more than padded lip service. show more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times

    Director Kang Woo-Suk spins an epic swirl of masculine psychodrama over his many punishing fight sequences...But he also makes a handful of sage points about desperate times, the cycle of bullying and our modern culture of ratings-sanctioned aggression. show more

  • 60
    Justin Chang Variety

    Bloated but energetic, entertaining but interminable, tortured but strangely satisfying, Fists of Legend spends two-and-a-half hours unraveling the knotty saga of three middle-aged fighters, their shared dark past and their rocky road to redemption. show more

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Shot with some wit and considerable speed, its short, sharp beatdowns are a refreshing change from the bloated action sequences favored by some of Mr. Kang’s genre contemporaries. show more

  • 30
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    The battles are staged with moderate intensity but a dispiriting lack of surprise that's also characteristic of the story in general. show more

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