Reign of Fire Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
November 18, 2002
Despite a few epic revelations, we never get a real sense of living, breathing dragons.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: C-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 25, 2002
Somebody get a hose and put this Fire out.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 16, 2002
Peaks early with a vertiginous dogfight; thereafter, spotty CGI and a bamboozling plot conspire toward a colossal anticlimax.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 15, 2002
I'm not going to argue that Reign of Fire is a good movie, but it's terribly entertaining it's kind of a classic camp film, so I'm giving it thumbs up.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 14, 2002
Ultimately fails to come through in the fire-breathing clutch.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 13, 2002
The season could do with more grinning, spinning, un-self-important, happy-to-be-B throwback movies like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 13, 2002
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 12, 2002
An uncommonly exciting and satisfying post-apocalyptic popcorn flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 12, 2002
A disaster of a drama, saved only by its winged assailants.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 12, 2002
Silly, loud and goofy.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 12, 2002
The filmmakers might have benefited from more sleep before penning the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 12, 2002
It's hard to imagine a better futuristic flying dragon movie than this, if one can imagine such a thing at all. However, while we wait for such a comparison, we could probably do a lot worse than Reign Of Fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 12, 2002
As the rich drama plays out, Reign of Fire proves to be a thoroughly taut, well-considered fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 12, 2002
The advantage of a postapocalyptic setting is that it can be made on the cheap. Any rock pile will do for a set. Reign of Fire has the disadvantage of also looking cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 12, 2002
The narrative is so consistently unimaginative that probably the only way to have saved the film is with the aid of those wisecracking Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 12, 2002
Reign of Fire is basically one great set piece surrounded by thickets of iron filings, oily hair and knotty-pine acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 12, 2002
A more enjoyable neo-dragon flick than 1981's Dragonslayer, with its lesser effects, or 1996's Dragonheart, with its soft heart for the monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 12, 2002
Suspension of disbelief is one thing but this movie asks viewers to suspend logic and right reason as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 12, 2002
Reign of Fire is hardly the most original fantasy film ever made -- beyond Road Warrior, it owes enormous debts to Aliens and every previous dragon drama -- but that barely makes it any less entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 12, 2002
One regards Reign of Fire with awe. What a vast enterprise has been marshaled in the service of such a minute idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 12, 2002
Falls neatly into the category of Good Stupid Fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
Reign of Fire never comes close to recovering from its demented premise, but it does sustain an enjoyable level of ridiculousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
July 12, 2002
Well-shot but badly written tale set in a future ravaged by dragons.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Arizona Republic
July 12, 2002
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 12, 2002
This is the film that the American Godzilla could have been, but wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 11, 2002
Reign of Fire, like a lot of films these days, is a bunch of eye-popping effects in search of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 11, 2002
[A] loud and assaultive but fundamentally boring spectacle.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2002
Directed by Rob Bowman in a palette of dark, muddy colors, Reign of Fire is often incomprehensible and hardly ever entertaining -- even unintentionally.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
July 11, 2002
It has a jamming B-picture buzz -- the kind of swift filmmaking and high spirits that have been missing from movies for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2002
No one but the performers' family and friends will be coming to Reign of Fire for the acting. It's the dragons ... that carry the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2002
Reign of Fire is a good show, hampered by the gnawing suspicion that it could have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Chris Jones
Chicago Tribune
July 11, 2002
With McConaughey in an entirely irony-free zone and Bale reduced mainly to batting his sensitive eyelids, there's not enough intelligence, wit or innovation on the screen to attract and sustain an older crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 11, 2002
For all its great potential, Reign of Fire turns out to be just another bughunt movie -- a disappointingly talky, haphazard one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Steinberg
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 11, 2002
Good clean post-apocalypse fire-breathing fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-