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Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 15, 2013
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 11, 2013
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 11, 2013
    30
    The battles are staged with moderate intensity but a dispiriting lack of surprise that's also characteristic of the story in general.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Apr 11, 2013
    50
    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.
  5. Apr 11, 2013
    60
    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.

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