Tetsuo: The Ironman
Tetsuo: The Ironman (1989)

An hour-long feature from Japanese director Shinyu Tsukamoto, Tetsuo (also known as Tetsuo: The Iron Man) tells a horrific, cyberpunk-influenced science fiction tale about the intersection of man and post-industrial technology. The central… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: February 18, 1998
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

combines early Lynch's monochrome industrial landscapes, Cronenberg's body horror, Ballard's obsession with crashes and wounds, and Svankmajer's frenetic stop-motion oddity (and staccato editing), but it nonetheless remains a singular monstrosity

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Exercício surrealista histérico e obviamente ludita que, apesar de substituir as idéias pelo corte rápido, cria uma atmosfera de pesadelo sufocante.

Luke Y. Thompson

One of the first movies to give me a sense that there were no boundaries.

Fernando F. Croce

Sustained with satirical expressionism for indelible clamminess

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Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia

Filled with wild stop motion effects and brilliant conceptual horrors, this is a horror film for the modern technological world.

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Keith Breese

surreally disjointed

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Rob Gonsalves

Unquestionably it's a feat of imagination and technique, but an hour of it is more than enough.

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Bill Gibron

As a freak show..., Tetsuo certainly deserves its reputation. It contains memorable sequences of sickening imagination, and unique takes on tired sci-fi/ action ideas.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Tetsuo and Fetishist's transformation into Iron Man becomes a response to the machinization of the individual in a systematically regimented Japan.

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This is one hell of a visual assault on the mind! Full of bizarre and bloody depictions of bio-mechanical bodily transmutation as a man eventually turns into a… More
Cameron Sherwell
Part man, part machine; Shin'ya Tsukamoto's 'Tetsuo The Iron Man' is the perfect allegory for the industrial world we inhabit. It tells the… More
Emily Armstrong
Aw man, what the hell is this? When I hear about a horror movie about a guy becoming a metal monster, I imagine something like Colossus from X Men rising to… More
Greg S
A man finds himself transforming, from the inside out, into a creature made of metal in this influential and gory experimental Japanese film. It's an… More
Randy Tippy
Avant-garde, surrealist, high-art, ad infinitum... The whole thing is loud and migraine inducing. I just wasn't impressed.