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Jonathan English

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About the Movie

It is the year 1215 and England is on the brink of a bloody Civil War. The Magna Carta, a landmark contract between the King and his subjects, upholds the rights of the people of England and promises to bestow a fragile peace on the kingdom. Yet, barely four months since putting his royal seal to the charter, the sly and deceitful King John (PAUL GIAMATTI) amasses a powerful mercenary army and plans to destroy all those who signed the legendary charter, in order to once again seize absolute control of the country. Hearing news of their despised ruler’s intentions, a Templar Knight (JAMES PUREFOY), hastily assembles a band of noble barons prepared to hole up inside the virtually impenetrable walls of Rochester Castle in order to protect the people’s rights. There they must rely on their superior swordsmanship and sheer determination to defend their freedom, defeat the forces of an oppressive King and bring justice to the people of England.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 7, 2011

Rotten: 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. – Leslie Felperin, Variety, Jul 5, 2011

Fresh: A gore-filled guilty pleasure... – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jul 8, 2011

Fresh: This English sword-battle drama is a mess. But there's a violent simplicity and a lack of pretentiousness that's refreshing. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 8, 2011

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Customer Reviews


good action, everyting in between gets the fast forward button, a definate miss


...on so many levels ... I found myself "waiting for it to be over"!


A total waste of time