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10,000 B.C. (2008)


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 133

Critics Consensus: With attention strictly paid to style instead of substance, or historical accuracy, 10,000 B.C. is a visually impressive but narratively flimsy epic.

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: With attention strictly paid to style instead of substance, or historical accuracy, 10,000 B.C. is a visually impressive but narratively flimsy epic.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 410,304


Movie Info

A young outcast from a primitive tribe is forced to defend his people from a brutal onslaught in Independence Day director Roland Emmerich's fast-paced period adventure. Despite the fact that he is low man on the totem pole in his tribe of fearless hunters, a brave young boy (Steven Strait) longs to win the heart of a beautiful princess (Camilla Belle) who is well above his station in life. When an overwhelming horde of powerful invaders forces the hunters into slavery and abducts the princess, … More

PG-13 (for sequences of intense action and violence)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Classics
Directed By:
Written By:
Roland Emmerich , Harald Kloser
In Theaters:
Jun 24, 2008
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 10,000 B.C.

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (133) | DVD (8)

It's a horrible movie.

March 17, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Like the lumbering mammoths, it is plodding and dull.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Neither grand enough to be impressive nor antic enough to be charming, the movie settles for bland and frantic, climaxing in a showdown among decadent pyramid builders.

Full Review… | March 12, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

One part Joseph Campbell hero quest, one part multi-culti morality tale, one part live-action Flintstones cartoon, 10,000 B.C. is finally every part just plain nuts.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

This much-delayed film cries out for consideration for Worst CGI, Most Annoying Narrator, Lamest Dialogue and Dumbest Action Hero.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Even a cameo by Pauly Shore in Encino Man would liven up this bombastic bore.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

A lousier adventure movie you won't find this year: 10,000 B.C. belongs, if not back in the stone age, then at least back in the mid '90s, where this sort of mindless, effects-driven drivel is best left.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

All [Emmerich] cares about is not being boring. On that level, he succeeds.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Time Out Chicago

One of the biggest problems with the film is the casting.

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Some backgrounds look as though Roland Emmerich and crew broke into a museum after hours and filmed in dioramas. Rather than a disaster film, this was just plain disaster - a departure from Emmerich's usually effective milieu and his most moronic movie.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Violent, poorly conceived prehistoric action.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Heavy on moronic mysticism and light on imagination, excitement, and shot-to-shot coherence

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

10,000 BC takes film making back to the stone age...

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
3BlackChicks Review

Brace yourself for a mammoth disappointment.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009

People expecting a fun action movie will be severely disappointed. If you get drunk with some buddies and go to make fun of it, you might like it more. But that doesn't make it a good movie

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

Would make a good drinking game; silly fun but not "good." A critic sitting near me snorted in derision at my "the costumes kicked ass," but I won't back down. They were really cool.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008

I can't help but think that 10,000 BC started out as an idea that sounded like, "Wouldn't it be cool if we had wooly mammoths and saber toothed tigers and people all in the same movie?" and went from there.

Full Review… | June 28, 2008

A disaster that can't even get the computer generated images right.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008

...most of the film is simply a matter of waiting for it to end.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Movie Metropolis

Ready to rumble, scantily clad Neanderthals gone wild, gliding around the globe faster than high speed Internet. And while dodging seemingly nearsighted menacing reptiles with bad manners, whose oversized choppers repeatedly miss their mark.

Full Review… | June 14, 2008

But the folks who made 10,000 B.C. have filled their film with a sub-Disney plot and inserted a few measly slivers of action that hardly warrant all the mystical hubbub and romantic angst.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
Paste Magazine

It was a pleasant surprise.

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Laramie Movie Scope

In fact, while sitting through this banal attempt at a big-scale epic, I could not help but go through a checklist in my mind of all the movies "10,000 B.C." borrows from.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Watertown Daily Times

The filmmakers should be ashamed of themselves for even allowing this movie to enter a movie theatre. It was like a bad made for TV special that you would see on ABC or NBC.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
BDK Reviews

ena matso kakomoirides sernontai stin ammo kai ton ilio, s' ena ftino, proheiro, afeles kai kakogoysto deigma karampinatis gerontikis anoias toy Emmerich

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
Movies for the Masses

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Full Review… | May 4, 2008
Tucson Weekly

Audience Reviews for 10,000 B.C.

I went in expecting less and a had a fun action packed ride. Was looking for a good fast action movie with nice effects and thats what I got.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


This continues Roland Emmerich's mission to go through every type of action movie and completely destroy the sub genre's reputation with arguably his worst film to date. One of the first being sci-fi thriller with Independence Day, followed by the disaster movie genre with The Day after Tommorow and then even worse with 2012, the monster movie with Eight Legged Freaks. His only remotely good film i've seen is his under rated Godzilla remake. Anyway, Roland Emmerich's next commercially sucessful but genuinely bad film in terms of anything else is here. 10000 BC has one of the most uninspired scripts ever written. Like Independence Day it is CGI overload with too much aggresiveness. In other words it's trying to make itself look better then it actually is. A terrible plot and no characterisation whatsoever 10000 BC is another big-scale marketing scheme for audience's that dont know any better.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Like Emmerichs previous films, I knew not to expect anything serious, this was gonna be pure popcorn, and its not that bad popcorn either. Emmerich always produces good fun films and this is another good example. The plot is sooooooo very done before haha and the cast are rather hammy and cliched but it all works nicely with the silly story and over the top action. Mostly newcomers by the look of things, afew big names, but generally its a new line up which does work in the films favour, any big shot names in lead roles and it becomes too serious or trying to be serious.

The effects are nice, not great but it does look good. You can tell its cgi but the vista's and mammoths do look good on the desert landscape. The tribes and costumes are the best, all look very realistic and quite accurate, certainly gives Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto' a good run for the money.

There some obvious problems here and there though, what actual time period are we in? Jurassic? Prehistoric? Egyptian?

The way he kills the almighty at the end is very very daft, and a bloody good shot haha
The whole sabretooth tiger mini plot is really stupid, the girl coming back to life at the end, and what exactly is so special about her etc...

There are many bad plot holes and really, its a really daft mix or rip of many other films which is poor really, obviously a homage but not as good funnily enough. Its not that much different from his earlier film 'Stargate'. But at the end of the day its silly and very cheesy but its fun, I just wish they were alittle more accurate with that timeline hehe kinda spoils it cos its so wrong.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Roland Emmerich takes a break from apocalyptic disaster films (well, for one film; we see the release of 2012 a year after this) to direct a ho-hum disaster of an Ice Age-set film.

There's so much wrong with 10,000 B.C. There's the narration, to start with. It sounds like a Native American reading out of a textbook he found in a time capsule. And with all the historical inaccuracies that are practically shouting, "Hey, Historian! Look at me!" (Not that you even have to be a historian to be able to notice them--another big issue.)

Oh, and then there's the whole idea of it. If you want to combine a chick flick with a movie about survival and hunting, that's clearly an automatic "N-O". But clearly poor Roland Emmerich did not know that when he created this film, a love story set over twelve-thousand years ago. Sorry, but it just doesn't work.

There is one good thing about this film, though, that saves it from becoming a total bomb: the visual effects. They're stunning, as usual for the man behind THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and INDEPENDENCE DAY, and the costumes and make-up, too, are something to applaud for.

But what's to applaud for if you don't even see it? Please take my word and do not see it, as it is underwhelming, redundant, and (forgetting the dazzling visual work) dull, without a good enough story line for an entire feature length.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

10,000 B.C. Quotes

We, the people of the Yagahl, hunt the mightiest of beasts, the Mannak. He is great and we are small, and still we bring him down, because we hunt together, as one. When the sun rises, we will join our brothers and sisters on the mountain of the god, and convince them to fight with us, together, as one!
– Submitted by Jed G (16 months ago)
Tic Tic:
Don't forget to chew.
– Submitted by Jed G (19 months ago)
The white rain is not a friend to the hunter.
– Submitted by Jed G (19 months ago)
Tic Tic:
I cannot see in the dark. Can you?
– Submitted by Jed G (19 months ago)
Do not eat me when I set you free!
– Submitted by Jed G (19 months ago)
You speak to the spear tooth?
– Submitted by Jed G (19 months ago)

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