Dungeons & Dragons Reviews

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Marshall Fine
Gannett News Service
December 8, 2000
Much of the physical action has the rushed, one-dimensional feeling of syndicated television.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2000
The Wayans role is a total cringe -- a cowardly and stupid nonstop talker who is easily manipulated by and wholly devoted to his mentally superior buddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
December 8, 2000
If you don't like the movie, it's solely because you're not a fan of this type of escapism. It couldn't possibly be because the movie stinks. Well, this one does.
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Loren King
Boston Globe
December 8, 2000
A mildly entertaining but tepid extravaganza more suited to television than the big screen.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 8, 2000
This tacky-looking, incoherent, badly acted and hopelessly directed disaster is easily the dullest adventure film of 2000.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 8, 2000
All the dungeon masters, warriors and illusionists out there who have devoted countless late-night hours to D&D have a right to feel disrespected, if not insulted.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2000
The disconnects are so strange that with a little more effort, they could have become a style.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 8, 2000
Seems to have been assembled from sword-and-sorcery clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Andy Klein
TNT's Rough Cut
December 8, 2000
Solomon brings absolutely nothing to the party, besides a level of directorial incompetence that one rarely sees in major studio films.
Jerry McCormick
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 8, 2000
The movie makes no apology for its extreme campiness at times, and it blatantly rips off other films.
Philip Booth
Orlando Weekly
December 8, 2000
Longtime opponents of the hobby might be tempted to ask themselves an important question: How could this sort of overblown silliness pose any threat, except as a monumental time-killer?
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 8, 2000
Solomon and his writers fail to establish any sense of time or place -- Jeremy Irons hams it up like Richard III on speed, while Marlon Wayans talks like he just came from a rap concert at the LA Forum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 8, 2000
Consists of a barrage of poorly staged fight scenes and dialogue that not even Arnold Schwarzeneggar in Conan the Barbarian could bring himself to utter.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 8, 2000
It feels like a magic potion that's nine parts imitation and one part special effects.
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
December 7, 2000
Fans of the role-playing game will be distressed as they see their beloved world contorted into a travesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Thomas
Associated Press
December 7, 2000
An ambitious spectacle that should enthrall preteens and remind their parents of the innovative daring of the Star Wars movies.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
December 7, 2000
The sad truth is, I can say nothing to recommend this film.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 7, 2000
This film is an all-you-can-eat buffet of bad acting, and Jeremy Irons is going back for seconds, chewing up the scenery with utter shamelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 7, 2000
Maybe I should let a role of the dice determine whether I use a cudgel or a broadsword to put this puppy out of its misery?
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Sherri Winston
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 7, 2000
The visual spectacle, special effects and action should impress lovers of the fantasy genre.
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