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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33

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  1. 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
  2. Jul 10, 2011
    9
    A great action movie. Some of the most brutal medieval swordplay I've ever seen on screen. Sure, it's probably not too historically accurate, but this ain't a goddamn textbook, it's just a summer thrill ride. A nice break from all the super hero movies, I might add. Good acting, good script, great action. What more do you want?
  3. 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).
  4. 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. Expand
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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.