Hands of Stone
Hands of Stone (2016)

HANDS OF STONE follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 26, 2016
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2016
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hands of Stone's strong cast and fascinating real-life story aren't enough to compensate for a crowded narrative and formulaic script.

Kristen Lopez
Spectrum Culture

Hands of Stone isn't the black eye on the boxing genre, but it presents the genre at its most mediocre and formulaic.

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James Berardinelli

Traditional and uninspired, it does an adequate job of relating Duran's story but falls short of providing an engaging cinematic experience.

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Kip Mooney
College Movie Review

It just lays there on the mat.

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Steve Greene

All this cacophony of backstory ends up being counterproductive, especially when the film tries to convey what makes this fighter worthy of tribute (or forgiveness or reconsideration, depending on your perspective).

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

There are some engaging asides about Arcel's struggles with boxing's dirty underbelly, but they feel like they belong to a different movie. (De Niro's superfluous and soporific voiceover, however, belongs in no movie whatsoever.)

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Michael J. Casey
Michael J. Cinema

As kinetic as its hero but as conservative as his story.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

Very well acted, entertaining and informative.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

Unfortunately, Jakubowicz just doesn't seem to have the first clue as to how to give any of this the sort of emotional zip Durán's story calls for.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

In its hastiness to chronicle the singular Panamanian star, the film can't be bothered with acceptable editing and structuring techniques.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Dann Michalski
A fairly solid biopic, Hands of Stone tells the story of professional boxing champion Roberto Duran. While rising through the ranks Panamanian boxer Roberto… More
Philip Price
More than anything Hands of Stone is frustrating because there is clearly a large scale to the film and real ambition from both writer/director Jonathan… More
Brendan O'Connor
The film borders on the melodramatic for way too long, 2 hours by count. I liked the actors and the depth they bring to the film but the filmmaking is forced.… More
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
Hands of Stone does try its hardest to survive throughout the entire 105 minutes. As a movie about a sport, I got to say it's not as bad as I thought it… More
Jacob Smith
Hands of Stone has a good story to tell but does it in a very predictable and melodramatic way. The fall of Roberto Durán is portrayed in such a… More
Ian Walker
An enjoyable underdog boxing story. Carried along by great performances from Usher and Robert De Niro. Very enjoyable.