Solomon Kane Reviews

  • Mr. Basset is too enamored of the usual action film cliches ... But he has a graphic visual style that suits the simplistic material and he keeps you watching even as the wet, sucking sounds of skewered flesh grows tedious.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Who knew there were skinhead and zombie equivalents in late-Elizabethan England?

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

  • It is, for a contemporary CGI-fraught fantasy-slash-living-video-game, not at all bad, dotted with moments of Bosch and steady on its storytelling feet.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • [It] does have its moments and gets better as it goes along.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This muscular yet monotonous Kane just isn't much fun.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • Been there, done that.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • "Solomon Kane" succeeds by embracing its identity as a straightforward genre exercise, complete with bone-crunching and blood-spurting action. By not aiming for more, it hits its target.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • It's not everyone's cup of bloody tea, but an unapologetic genre treat for those willing to dive in.

    Mark Zhuravsky — The Playlist

  • Formulaic, but it settles down into a fine if square-jawed groove, delivering rousing adventure of a sort which should generally please fans of throwback, morally black-and-white entertainment.

    Brent Simon —

  • Director Michael J. Bassett seems to know how to correctly handle the material, giving it a lightness of touch but also enough bloody and shocking spectacle to stir up viewers.

    Jeffrey M. Anderson — Common Sense Media

  • Writer/director Michael J. Bassett stages the carnage under so much rain-soaked filth, you can almost smell the stench. It's a good stench.

    Brett Michel — Boston Phoenix

  • Few characters have much to do but grunt and scream and bleed.

    Stephen Whitty — Newark Star-Ledger

  • Uneven and far less deep that it believes itself to be, Solomon Kane is nevertheless a solid B-movie diversion that excels when sticking to its pulpy, action-fantasy roots.

    Simon Brookfield — We Got This Covered

  • The script by director Michael J. Bassett wallows in formula and takes itself too seriously.

    Todd Jorgenson —

  • If some of the special effects aren't so special and the theology is bit foggy, director Bassett knows that there is almost nothing more inherently scary than a dark forest and leading man Purefoy brings conviction to Kane.

    James Verniere — Boston Herald

  • Bassett gives us plenty of reasons to respect his tale, then refuses to break that contract with cheap tricks or shoddy delivery.

    Rob Vaux —

  • It's hardly original (and Max von Sydow is wasted in brief scenes as Kane's father), but "Solomon Kane" is worthy of big-screen appreciation.

    Jeff Shannon — Seattle Times

  • It grinds along on the dubious strengths of its generic battle sequences and midbudget special effects, whipped up around a stone-faced hero who's part Christ figure, part embodiment of wickedness, all crippling bore.

    Scott Tobias — NPR

  • The fight choreography has a gracefulness bordering on elegance, and so it's a shame that these standalone thrills aren't better integrated into the film as a fully formed narrative whole.

    Calum Marsh — Slant Magazine

  • Lacking a charismatic lead or villain, struggling with its big themes, it's not surprising this 2009 picture sat on the shelf for so long.

    Roger Moore

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