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Ironclad

Ironclad-thumbstandard Backed by his "Magnificent Seven," a principled Knight Templar (James Purefoy) defends Rochester Castle from the ruthless King John (Paul Giamatti) and his advancing armies, who seek to rule England's free men by force -- no matter what the Magna Carta might say. Charles Dance, Kate Mara, Jason Flemyng, Brian Cox and Derek Jacobi co-star in this action-packed period piece set at the height of the Middle Ages.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
NYT Review
Paul Giamatti plays King John, who signed the Magna Carta and regretted it, in “Ironclad," a medieval battle film directed by Jonathan English. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 44%
Critics' score: 44   Audience score: 39   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

This English sword-battle drama is a mess. But there's a violent simplicity and a lack of pretentiousness that's refreshing. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The problem is that the movie is only swords and stage blood. The suits of armor are all empty. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The loud, closely photographed limb-hacking becomes as monotonous as the movie's unrelentingly gray palette. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

A gore-filled guilty pleasure... full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

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? full review

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

The action is cluttered and the story overly compressed, with a lot of yammering about who's aligned with whom and why (no wonder Mr. Giamatti's eyes keep rolling) in between the geysers of red. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt. full review

Jake Coyle, Associated Press

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. full review

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

Medieval history lesson with lots of shattered bodies and splattered limbs. full review

Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter

Ironclad might be the perfect actioner for gorehound fanboys gaga for medieval trappings, but all others may find this British-American-German co-production a bit of a drag. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety
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