Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1 Reviews

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November 25, 2019
As a fan of superheroes who knows how racial issues affect media, I've realized I can't enjoy these new stories until they fully step away from old stereotypes.
July 10, 2018
If the Marvel-Netflix team-up has sought to assemble the Beatles of brooding brawls, think of Iron Fist as a notch below Ringo.
March 31, 2017
A relatively drab patch in that endless Marvel tapestry.
March 27, 2017
For fans of the comics, these characters and good television in general, Iron Fist is a disappointment.
March 20, 2017
I can think of no reason Iron Fist would have been worse off for giving the part to an Asian actor. I also have no hope that would've made this show comprehensible or exciting.
March 20, 2017
Iron Fist is not a bad show and is not the first failure of Marvel and Netflix's joint venture. It's just that Iron Fist is the first project where the lead's casting hasn't been a universally praised slam dunk.
March 19, 2017
Danny's not particularly likable -- he annoyingly mansplains kung fu to sword-wielding sensei Colleen Wing, who regularly saves his behind -- and he, like many of the main players, is undermined by poor characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 19, 2017
Plot points that should have been charged with urgency simply ended up feeling a bit dull, while the fight scenes themselves, at least in early episodes, lacked any real sense of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2017
Unlike the equally arrogant Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne or Stephen Strange, Danny has no redeeming features; the audience is given no reason to like this unfunny hero -- we're just expected to because he's the titular character.
March 17, 2017
Iron Fist is the textbook definition of "just fine."
March 17, 2017
Right now the show is in danger of becoming the Jar Jar Binks of the Marvel-Netflix franchise. But without the comedy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2017
It exists because it needs to set up the Defenders crossover event. And, unfortunately, "corporate mandate" just isn't a great answer to the question of why this story needs to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 17, 2017
Ultimately, Marvel's Iron Fist feels incredibly inessential, even boring at times.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 17, 2017
Iron Fist's decided unwokeness is notable, particularly when Danny lectures Colleen, who is of East Asian descent, on the right way to channel her internal force. But it's just one of a list of flaws, with Jones's miscasting the most obvious issue.
March 16, 2017
The sad thing, and perhaps the hopeful thing, about the dawdling featurelessness of the early episodes is that you can see a better show struggling to get out..Until we see the full season, we won't know whether the show manages to focus its chi.
March 16, 2017
Iron Fist is as creatively flat as a Jessica Alba Fantastic Four in how much it feels like a product, but even those movies have B-grade elements that offer some sort of escapism.
March 15, 2017
Iron Fist doesn't really feel like it's an organic part of either approach to the Marvel universe. It feels like an afterthought, one that will require more than half a day to dismiss.
March 14, 2017
If you love Netflix's previous Marvel adaptations, Iron Fist probably will feel like homework in advance of The Defenders. The pacing is reminiscent of the leisurely vibe of the 1970s series Kung Fu, to which it has some obvious parallels.
March 14, 2017
Such an epic, personal struggle should elevate our understanding of his character and at least be visually dynamic.
March 13, 2017
Iron Fist's hero can't seem to muster any inner turmoil beyond the occasional harshed vibe. There doesn't seem to be much of anything going on his skull. His mystic Zen quotes go over like a Wayne's World set-up minus the punch line.
March 13, 2017
Marvel's Iron Fist isn't just the wimpiest punch ever thrown by the world's mightiest superhero factory. The new Netflix binge swings and misses so bad that it spins itself around and slaps itself silly with a weirdly flaccid hand.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 13, 2017
The series does little to transcend the halfhearted rock-'em-sock-'em action... (it) just adheres to the formula, hitting familiar beats and telling the all-too-familiar story of the prodigal, presumed dead son.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 9, 2017
It may have seemed fine to crank out another Marvel Netflix show that feels like the brand's past outings, but the critical drubbing that Iron Fist has received is in no small part due to the fact that it's so stale and unoriginal.
March 8, 2017
It takes forever for anything to happen on Iron Fist, and as it stumbles along, the uninspired production design, unexceptional cinematography, and painful dialogue fail to distract the viewer from the overall lack of depth, detail, or momentum.
March 8, 2017
It's unclear if Jones' lack of physical authority is dampening Iron Fist's ability to be an action show or if Iron Fist's lack of interest in being an action show has negated Jones' ability to display physical authority.