The movie has the cheap software look of something found on the Space channel at 4 a.m.
This movie may be the clumsiest, most inept cinematic exploitation of an item with kid appeal that we have yet seen.
| Original Score: 1/4
Without Irons' hamming, there wouldn't be much to chew on in this exasperatingly plotted mess.
As inept as his direction is, Solomon's script is worse, an awful screenplay that shamelessly swipes some of its characters and scenes from the Star Wars movies without as much as a simple acknowledgment.
Bad, often indecipherable to all but the those intimately familiar with it, and certainly less than engaging on nearly any level.
This is a movie of good guys overcoming hordes of indestructible soldiers or conquering devilishly murderous mazes, and then practically gloating with pride at the silliness of it all.
The fight sequences are limp, the pace often drags, and the dramatic moments elicit more laughter than the comic ones.
| Original Score: 1/4
Sinks in a sea of cheesy effects, cheap clichés, dispiriting narrative and the one thing an action fantasy can't afford: boredom.
This performance will haunt Irons for the rest of his career or put an abrupt end to it.
Even with your +2 Ring of Histrionic Resistance, you're hosed. For the rest of the movie, you will suffer the effects of some of the worst acting in recent memory.
For visual thrills and fairytale themes, this fantasy feature kicks the stuffing out of Star Wars.
Really confusing and silly, but sorta cool because of it.
One of the worst movies released in a year already notorious for bad movies.
It will take all the resolve that a child can muster to stay awake during this hellishly putrid piece of filmmaking.
Looks cheesy much of the time and smells cheesy -- as in Limburger -- all of the time.
It's not so much like stepping into the pages of The Hobbit as being thrust into the random action of a video game.
A low-rent, half-witted, too-late attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the game.
Viewed strictly as the B-movie it is, D&D is actually more enjoyable as traditional narrative entertainment than the technically dazzling yet dramatically sterile Episode I.
Alas, much of the dialogue is the silliest sort of fantasy mush, and a good deal of the picture appears to have been shot while the lighting guys were out to lunch.
A splashy, silly movie that inexplicably stars Jeremy Irons but will delight 10-year-old boys across the realm.