HANDS OF STONE the locally hyped movie about Panama’s legendary boxing hero Roberto Duran has received a cold reception from critics.
It will be released on Friday August 26 in 2000 cinemas in the US. Canada and Panama, and was predicted to put the country on the tourist map.
The film, which includes Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez and Ruben Blades, is part of a group of limited release films.,it will not be in as many cinema complexes in North America as others like Suicide Squad (4225 venues ) and War Dogs (3,258)
Filmed mostly on the Isthmus with large bands of local extras, it was screened out of competition at the International Film Festival of Cannes but the critics reception at best has been luke warm.
According to the website rottentomatoes.com, which brings together film criticism, mainly published in America and England, it has 45% favorable reviews
Of 14 reviews, it got one A and one F.
Jordan Hoffman of The Guardian, called it “subtle as a blow to the head”. He considered it “a failure” if the intention of the Panama Film Commission Film Panama wanted to convert Hands of Stone in a vehicle to increase domestic tourism, because “the film manages to make Panama a dirty place that nobody wants to visit”.
The critic Steve Pond, on the website The Wrap, wrote that it was “a good party for actor Robert De Niro, but boxing routine ho hum… The results are not as fabulous as their promised elements.”
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter said that “if there was a virtual ring in which boxing movies fight , Hands of the Stone and Creed (2015, Ryan Coogler) will face one another as middleweights, Creed probably wins on points … but not by a large margin.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety magazine said Hands of Stone “does the job, but it’s hard not to have the feeling of watching a topical boxing movie and fairly generic. It is fully competent, but makes the story of Roberto Duran seem a bit ‘so what? “.
Brian Truitt, USA Today, said it highlights the character of Robert De Niro (Ray Arcel coach) and has too many subplots; Usher Raymond (plays Sugar Ray Leonard) has a better performance on the big screen that Edgar Ramirez (Roberto Duran); Creed beats Hands of Stone, and the pace of the film only rises when the two legendary fights between Leonard and Duran are recorded.
Lindsey Bahr (AP news agency) said: “A good film suitable for teenagers and adults. However,the feeing l that we have seen it before is inevitable. ”