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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008)

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Average Rating: 2.5/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 47

Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.

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Uwe Boll's fantasy adventure film In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale stars Jason Statham as Farmer, a simple man from the Kingdom of Ehb whose goal as the story begins is to care for his family. However, when the power-hungry Gallian (Ray Liotta) invades the kingdom, Farmer must abandon his simple existence in order to rescue his wife (Claire Forlani) and save his king (Burt Reynolds). This film is a cinematic adaptation of the video game Dungeon Siege. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Apr 15, 2008

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (47) | DVD (2)

The director, Uwe Boll, remains committed to long, dull, mediocre action films. His tenacity is a virtue.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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If this isn't Boll's best effort to date, it's better than his usual output. If he can continue to improve, his name may no longer be synonymous with a punch line.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Like actors in an amateur stage play, the large, mostly all-star -- or has-been star -- cast of In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale look, rather dazedly, to be playing dress-up.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Uwe Boll isn't the worst director in the world, but In the Name of the King might be more enjoyable if he were.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film never achieves a suitable level of camp that would make it at least unintentional fun. It also is terminally boring at its 127-minute running time, making one supremely grateful that a half-hour has been cut for this U.S. release.

January 11, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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A plodding patchwork of derivative fantasy-adventure, medieval production design, risible dialogue, unimpressive CGI trickery and haphazardly edited action sequences.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Don't waste your time.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Will any other movie ever be as amazing as this one?

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

LOTR copycat is so bad it's good -- for laughs.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's not bad enough to warrant burning copies of, rather it'll sit on the back of video store shelves for the rest of its time and that's where it should stay.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

If you can appreciate bad cinema, than I recommend it, but anyone that is looking to watch an actual good movie, avoid like the plague!

August 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

I wouldn't change a thing. It's been a while since I've seen Hollywood filmmaking this unsafe and unhinged.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (7)
Combustible Celluloid

Why in the world would I give a terrible, terrible move 1 star?Well, how can I call a film worthless when it's so awful that it provides unintended laughs?

February 24, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Not only is Dungeon Siege the best film of Uwe Boll's career, but it's also guaranteed not to be the worst one released in its year.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Only Uwe Boll would assume that the moviegoing public craved a trashy Lord of the Rings rip-off starring Burt Reynolds and Matthew Lillard, and only he could then manage to make such a potentially riotous endeavor so humorless.

January 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Uwe Boll uses his biggest budget ever to produce a cheap knockoff of LOTR, complete with an Orc-like army of beasts called Krug, elfin woodland beings, and a wizard-esque magus played by John Rhys-Davies, but without a comprehensible plot.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

...like a Florida dinner theater production of The Lord of the Rings...

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

When King Burt Reynolds says, 'What kind of joke do the gods play on me?,' we feel the pain of a downslide that took him from No. 1 box-office star to appearing in an Uwe Boll schlockfest.

January 16, 2008
FulvueDrive-in.com

This Lord of the Rings wannabe gives fantasy adventures a bad name.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Just where this kingdom is I don't know, but since the king of the title is played by Burt Reynolds, I'm guessing it's the Lost Continent of Atlanta.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Boll is in fact fascinating - largely because his movies assume their audiences exist in an alternate dimension of human experience.

January 15, 2008 Full Review

Like all Uwe Boll films, it is terrible. Sadly, it is perhaps not terrible enough.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Part of (the) sizable budget must have been spent on a medieval era cosmetic dental plan. I've never seen so many perfectly straight sparkling pearly whites in a time of brutes and hand-to-hand brutality.

January 14, 2008 | Comment (1)

Offers scenic locations, some passable special effects, a couple of large-scale battles, and an exceptionally incongruous cast ill-served by feeble scripting and indifferent direction.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A magnum dopus so utterly inept that it somehow comes off as perversely admirable. The other two people at Friday's matinee seemed to enjoy it, too.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Portland Mercury

Brevity is the soul of camp, and at close to two-and-a-half hours, Boll's film is just too exhausting to be fun.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

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This is a terrible film all the way, God knows how they got such a good cast. It rips off so many good, bad and old fantasy films and not in a good way either, just in a hammy cheap way. The story is the usual old rubbish, the effects are poor and the acting is real cheese.
They also manage to stick some martial arts nonsense in there too, as hordes of faceless monster baddies get their arses kicked by the ugly looking Statham without realising once this guy might be a bit good.

Everything is predictable and cliched to the max, it gets two stars for some nice cgi landscapes here and there.

Could of been a cool homage to the old hack n slash Capcom arcade games 'Dungeons & Dragons'...if you get me, but they just go down the overly used martial route these days.
June 12, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Uwe Boll attempts to make his very own Lord of the Rings and the results are hilarious. I mean, I've seen some bad writing in my life, but this movie has got to take the prize. Combine that with cringe-worthy acting, videogame-ish CGI, crappy editing and questionable directing, and you have a disaster waiting to happen. The whole movie is constructed like a house built together with cheap glue and ducktape, where the only saving grace was its adequate portion of mindless action. Or, in my case, the cool sensation of having met two of the actors in the film in real life (John-Rhys Davies and Ron Perlman). Anyway, as a final word to Uwe, I'd just like to vent the following: Please, I beg you! Stop destroying all these great concepts and respectable game titles! Stop squandering away so many good actors and rid us of the tragedy and misery that is your film-making! Because whatever ego trip you're on, trust me, you're not making the world into a better place. Oh, and by the way, the next time you attempt to make a fantasy movie, try not to include ninjas and boomerangs.
February 15, 2012
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    1. Norick: I was just talking.
    2. Farmer: Well, everyone's got a talent. 'Just talking' seems to be yours.
    – Submitted by Jed G (15 months ago)
    1. Merick: Sometimes, the Gods know what's best for us.
    2. King Konreid: What the hell does that mean!?
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
    1. Farmer: There's something I've always wanted to tell you. I love you.
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
    1. Norick: Give me the chicken! [Holds chicken making chomping noises]
    2. Norick: Arf! Arf! Arf!
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
    1. Muriella: I knew you'd come.
    2. Gallian: I told you I would.
    3. Muriella: I mean, I felt it. I felt it before you came.
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
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