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  • Summary: A ragtag group of Knights Templar hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth Century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country. (Arc Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 8, 2011
    75
    As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of Ironclad.
  2. Reviewed by: Wade Major
    Jul 5, 2011
    70
    Casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 8, 2011
    63
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 5, 2011
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 8, 2011
    40
    Though the hambone acting quotient is high (and not necessarily unenjoyable), the loud, closely photographed limb-hacking becomes as monotonous as the movie's unrelentingly gray palette.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Jul 5, 2011
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 5, 2011
    20
    This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    10
    There is much more to be taken from this movie than people think. Not only that, but Paul's performance as King John captured the energy of a king perfectly. Movies aren't all about images, they are about feelings and moods, and conveying those to the viewers. To say this is just another action movie is a complete fallacy.

    Not only is it great fun to watch, it is down right terrifying at times. That danish commander is a scary man, and you even get to see life from his point of view at one point, if even just for a second. There is much to learn from the templar.
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  2. Jul 23, 2011
    9
    Ahh what better than a good hack and slash to finish off the end of the week. While the basic story may not be totally accurate, the actual siege mechanics and reality of fighting at that time were pretty spot on I thought, with a little bit of elaboration here and there... Thumbs up.. (before they are chopped off). Expand
  3. Jan 1, 2013
    9
    This is one of my favourite movies of all time, despite what others say. It has many of the aspect of Braveheart, although it focuses much less on freedom and the rights of the people (though that's the main storyline) and much more on the actual combat. The combat scenes here are great; there's so much decapitation and blood and cleaving people in half. This, for me, balances out any subpar-ness of the plot. It's like when you're playing something like Skyrim--when you've jumped on top of a dragon and are pounding its skull with an enchanted mace, do you really care why you're doing it? Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2011
    6
    Hey if you are a friend of crusader age warfare and a LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTT of sword fighting with blood this is your movie otherwise.............. Expand
  5. Dec 31, 2011
    6
    Ironclad gives you just what you want from a down-and-dirty action-oriented historical thriller. The story keeps you engaged throughout, and the film as a whole is tense and exciting. The film doesn't pull any punches when depicting the often savage nature of medieval warfare - the battle scenes are grittily realised and shockingly brutal - you're right in the middle of the action and can almost smell the blood and sweat as it sprays across the screen. You also get a standout performance from Paul Giamatti, playing a psychotic King John - he steals every scene he's in, and makes for a captivating antagonist. The heroes of this story are a little less compelling - James Purefoy's Templar Thomas Marshall is wooden and underdeveloped, and the rest of the cast is filled out with old reliables from British TV (Jason Flemyng, Mackenzie Crook) and thesps (Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi). Charles Dance is also in the film, and is great as always, but has far too little screen-time to make any real impact. Ironclad's script leaves a lot to be desired, but is far from woeful - it does its job, that is to say, providing the cement that sticks together the numerous set pieces. Ironclad makes for an engaging thriller set in a fascinating period of English history. So long as all you're looking for is a piece of diverting entertainment, the film has a lot to offer. And perhaps most pleasingly, Ironclad isn't the least bit pretentious, unlike another Medieval epic centering on a certain inhabitant of Sherwood forest released the year before... Expand
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    5
    Poor plot, seeing this type of films in a row, may drop my score under the "5". Still has good points like the scenography, the characters are pretty weak in all sense, but the best thing as I've read in other comments, is tha massive amount of action in the sword fight sense. If you like the medieval type film the is worth giving it a shot... but apart from this, a film that can be skipped with no problems (TV maybe) Expand
  7. Jul 12, 2011
    2
    James Purefoy did his best in "Solomon Kane", but in this movie - he's blank.
    Oh, well. In the other hand, no one really ACTS in this movie..
    But poor acting is not the only problem. Its historically inaccurate and naive. Believe me, you dont have to be a history scholar to notice it.
    And it becomes really annoying, if you actually know something about medieval ages. Is it worth watching? Yes, if you like brutal sword fights... because there's nothing more in here.
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