Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 4, 2012
    75
    The Man With The Iron Fists has the same advantages of many musical debuts. It's the product of a man who has been storing up ideas, setpieces, characters, and gags for a lifetime, in preparation for the magic moment when he'd be able to unleash his full vision on the big screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 4, 2012
    70
    If Iron Fists is sometimes badly made, it is refreshingly badly made. It has a homemade charm that comes from a sense of having gestated in a lifelong obsession.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 1, 2012
    70
    A wildly whirling martial arts spectacle with an endless array of exotic knives, a penchant for Zen philosophizing and an unquenchable thirst for blood. It may just be one of the best bad movies ever.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 1, 2012
    70
    It's all sufficiently well done and amusing enough to satisfy the appetites of fans who mainline this sort of thing, but it also sports a concocted, second-hand feel common to this sort of throwback homage.
  5. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Nov 1, 2012
    70
    It's a real film, and a fun one, made with gonzo good humor and plenty of action from the opening brutal battle over which the sound of The Wu-Tang Clan's 1993 single "Shame on a N***a" roars.
  6. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Nov 1, 2012
    67
    Makes sense as a picture focused on spectacle. The story almost seems secondary to the flights of fancy.
  7. Reviewed by: Owen Williams
    Dec 3, 2012
    60
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Nov 25, 2012
    60
    Grisly and goofy, this ode to the Shaw Brothers' '70s-era kung fu epics serves up 96 minutes of murder and mutilation and not a lot else. Sweet soundtrack, though.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 4, 2012
    60
    The movie plays things relatively straight, acknowledging clich├ęs without the winking irony in which modern homages usually indulge. As such, it's giddy fun - a well-made genre picture that sends up its influences even as it clearly reveres them.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Nov 1, 2012
    60
    As endearing as it is exhausting, The Man With the Iron Fists bears strong resemblance to a hyperactive puppy: sloppy, scatterbrained, manic and migraine-inducing, but possessing an earnest sense of excitement.
  11. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 1, 2012
    60
    As erratically enjoyable as it is consistently ridiculous, the martial arts pastiche The Man With the Iron Fists is the latest evidence that the vogue for neo-exploitation cinema shows no sign of flagging.
  12. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Nov 7, 2012
    50
    Let the brilliant, epic silliness of The Man With the Iron Fists engulf you in a tsunami of crimson cheese and you, like I, will have a super-happy-fun-big-smile-crazy-face-monkey-time.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Nov 1, 2012
    50
    The chop-socky wire-fu scenes are beautifully choreographed, but pretty crudely edited; despite its gourmet neo-grindhouse trappings, the film won't bring the heat like you've never seen before.
  14. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Nov 6, 2012
    40
    Both the martial arts and the slightly dull narrative patchwork are too choppily edited to gain much of a foothold.
  15. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Nov 1, 2012
    38
    RZA's directorial debut is heavy on bloody kung fu action...and light on just about everything else.
  16. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 7, 2012
    33
    The movie wants to be deadly cool, but mostly it's just deadly.
  17. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 1, 2012
    25
    At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long. If they're going to put this artifact in theaters, they'd better charge 1973 grindhouse prices: a dollar a ticket.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Dec 11, 2012
    20
    It's leaden, boorish and dull.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. OMM
    Nov 4, 2012
    8
    Good old school Kung-Fu flick. If you remember when kung-fu movies used to come on Sunday afternoons this a that type of movie. The "Kill Bill" soundtracks forced the Rza to go all "mainstream" with his creativity, thankfully we don't have those issues here. It is a mix of funk, jazz, rock, & bluegrass. The story is easy to follow and get you right into the action. Great movie cant wait to see more from the Rza! Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    7
    Kill Bill style action movie. Nothing you have not seen before but a lot of stuff you liked when you saw it in other movies. If you are in the mood for sword fighting, fantasy blood spewing, eyeball flying fun this will satisfy your appetite. Batista does a good job. Soundtrack lyrics have nothing to do with the movie? Not too long like so many other movies made this year. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2012
    2
    This movie was terrible.. it tried to be Tarantino and failed.. it tried to be a campy Kung-Fu movie and failed... It really just didn't do anything well. Sure, it had action, but it was so poorly directed it made me feel bad for the time and effort put in to this movie. Full Review »