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Man with the Iron Fists, The (18)

Man with the Iron Fists, The (18)


On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.

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The critical consensus

Rather than excitement, the most convincing feeling evoked here is déjà vu.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 02/12/2012

It’s sure to gain cult status but it’s still a real mess.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 04/12/2012

The story is both dull and confusing with a profusion of characters scrapping over some fabled gold.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 06/12/2012

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 coalesces into the delirious mayhem we'd hoped for.

***(*)(*)Owen Williams, Empire Online, 07/12/2012

The thematic parallels to Tarantino’s forthcoming Django Unchained are strangely blatant, but we’ll be in for a crushing disappointment if that doesn’t up the ante. This one is numb pastiche, so frazzled you can’t find a pulse.

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 06/12/2012

It's leaden, boorish and dull.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/12/2012

Maybe we can write off the silly wigs and mahogany performances as an inside joke. But, faced with both intentional badness and unintentional badness, the viewer has to be the man or woman with the iron constitution.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 09/12/2012

The violence is extreme and preposterous, the fights ingeniously choreographed, the producer Tarantino (his actual credit is "presents").

Philip French, The Observer, 09/12/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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