The Iron Claw

132 mins
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Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White head up this A24 sports biopic as members of the Von Erich family, a... More

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The Iron Claw | Ratings & Reviews

Sensitively drawn

The chest-beating, rah-rah-rah, “win at all costs” sports movie ethos gets a cold hard reality check in Sean Durkin’s sensitively drawn portrait. It doesn’t take long for Zac Efron’s performance to feel totally grounded and lived in. By the end of the film it struck me as a wonderful portrayal. Read full article

Luke Buckmaster

"A perfect movie for this moment."


"Conventional but affecting."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Zac Efron’s finest hour."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"Smooth, spooky, often moving."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"With scalpel-like precision, the film exposes the agonies of fathers, sons, and brothers."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

"(A) beautifully performed but hurried biopic."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"Skips some facts, but tells emotional truths."


"Efron’s effort here goes well beyond his physical transformation."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"Durkin injects a sense of emotional reality into The Iron Claw that ensures it packs a wallop."


"It's that respect for the men, for their art, and their pain, that means The Iron Claw lands so perfectly."

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle

"There is a newfound tenderness (to Durkin's filmmaking) that makes this crushing drama all the more affecting."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"(Efron) turns in some of the most affecting work of his career."

Associated PressAssociated Press

"An inaccurate and shallow hypermasculine romp."

Chicago ReaderChicago Reader

"The cast is solid down the line, from main stars to supporting players."

USA TodayUSA Today

"Pummels its way to victory with heavyweight performances."

The Globe and MailThe Globe and Mail

"Shallow and bland."


"Underpowered drama dulls impact of real-life wrestling tragedy."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Watching... can feel like getting slammed with a metal folding chair over and over again."

New York PostNew York Post

"Great performances and reverence for the sport aren’t enough to save a film at odds with itself."


"A lot of energy and passion clearly went into it... but it ultimately ends up feeling empty."

"As exuberant as it is mournful."

The New YorkerThe New Yorker


The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"So grim a wallow that it could credibly be called something like Extremely Sad, Shockingly Miserable and Cruel."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"Durkin’s script is so shallow that every character is reduced to a simple sketch."

Boston GlobeBoston Globe

The Iron Claw | Details

15, strong language, drug misuse, suicide
Drama, Sport, True Story & Biography
Country of origin

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