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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    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? show more

  • 30
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of Ironclad. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy. show more

  • 38
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    By making John such an unrepentant freedom-opposing monster, Ironclad denies itself any moral thorniness. show more

  • 70
    Wade Major Boxoffice Magazine

    Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts. show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    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. show more

  • 20
    David Fear Time Out New York

    This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess. show more

  • 50
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    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. show more

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