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Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

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10

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 82

Critics say this movie has a cheap look and is badly directed. Despite the presence of talented actors, the performances are really bad, and additionally, some people are offended at Marlon Wayans' character, calling it a racist throwback to black stereotypes.

11

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 25

Critics say this movie has a cheap look and is badly directed. Despite the presence of talented actors, the performances are really bad, and additionally, some people are offended at Marlon Wayans' character, calling it a racist throwback to black stereotypes.

audience

19

liked it
Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 47,439

My Rating

Movie Info

The imaginary world of the world's most popular fantasy role-playing game comes to life in this special-effects laden adventure. In the Empire of Izmer, magic is the key to power in both the supernatural and political realms. The Mages are a sect who know the secrets of magic and use it to hold sway over the masses. The youthful Empress Savina (Thora Birch) wants to use her powers to bring justice and prosperity to all, but Profion (Jeremy Irons) is an evil Mage who wants to use his knowledge of

May 22, 2001

$14.8M

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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (82) | DVD (22)

The average episode of Xena or Hercules offers a more compelling and imaginative photoplay.

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The special effects ... are nothing special, which is as close as this painfully derivative clunker is ever going to get to a ringing endorsement.

December 8, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie has the cheap software look of something found on the Space channel at 4 a.m.

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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This movie may be the clumsiest, most inept cinematic exploitation of an item with kid appeal that we have yet seen.

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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I doubt anyone will be cosplaying as Snails anytime, soon.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The movie reminded me of a trailer for a fantasy adventure, a highlights reel flashing by in pretty colors.

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

We still like it better than Attack of the Clones . . .

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Most of the special effects have that vapory digital look that has become very ho-hum by now.

February 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Any dungeon master worth his 20-sided dice could have whipped up a better scenario.

June 21, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

TV-trained performers yelling at each other, second-rate computer-generated graphics failing to conjure up an enchanted world and Marlon Wayans doing what can only be called a heartfelt tribute to Butterfly McQueen...

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Dungeons & Dragons, a misbegotten exercise in abject incompetence, produces all the magic and fun of a slow root canal.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Spends too much time being a game of Dungeons and Dragons instead of telling a story.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Decepcionante por donde quiera que se le vea

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

Most of the movie is underlit and dank, which serves to minimize the distinct cartoonishness of the many computer-generated digital effects.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Dungeons and Dragons? More like dragging dung.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

This convoluted, sloppily made film looks like it was cut down from a four-hour length with a machete.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It is a diverting adventure.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An out-and-out dog.

December 28, 2000 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Dungeons & Dragons takes itself far too seriously and ends up being just plain stupid.

December 28, 2000 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Where is the bubonic plague when you need it? I wanted them all to die and the sooner, the better.

December 26, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

While D&D obviously hasn't set out to redefine a genre, it doesn't succeed on its own modest terms, either, offering neither enthralling adventure nor memorable characters.

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This film's only hope is to reach an audience too young to recognize its blatant rip-offs.

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Dungeons & Dragons

Hmmmm what to think of this little gem, I saw this at the cinema on release (yes) and at the time I kinda liked it for some reason, now upon a rewatch I can't see why I thought that.

I guess at the time the effects were a little more impressive than today's standards of course plus there wasn't the huge amount of fantasy films that there are these days so this was quite a special little event. Looking back now it really is a terrible film, the acting from everyone is just abysmal and full O' cheese. Irons goes beyond taking the piss really with his rather queer hissing, cackling and facial expressions whilst his second in command played by Bruce Payne is just the campiest guy I've seen for ages...oh and he has blue lipstick on too.

The film revolves around the cliched to max partnership of Wayans (doing his best Eddie Murphy impression) and Whalin trying to be heroic and cool. The pair are just awful together and completely lacking any sense of comedic timing, there is of course a lot of attempted humour throughout but it all falls flat on its face hard.

There really is nothing to recommend here other than to laugh at, the effects are the worse CGI you will have seen for a major release (even though its an old film yes I know), tonnes of obvious bluescreen and even the costumes, makeup jobs and props all look cheap and tacky.

I still can't understand why Irons would agree to this, ditto Richard O' Brien ('The Rocky Horror Picture Show' and quite the cult name here in the UK). I suppose its because his scenes were a homage to the classic 'Crystal Maze' he once hosted, almost a homage to him really, the guy is legend but this brings him down.

The film was indeed mauled upon release but at the time (twas much younger back then) I gave it some leeway, it kinda reminded me of the 'Mortal Kombat' film and how, even though it was weak, it still had a glimmer of quality. But now I simply cannot allow that leeway anymore, the film may be enjoyed by younger kids but basically its crap.
November 24, 2013
phubbs1

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I admit it. I actually really like this movie. There was a lot of bad in it, but a lot of good too. But before you see this movie, you need to be reminded that there is a LOT of bad.

Let's start with Jeremy Irons portrayal of Profion, an evil sorcerer trying to overthrow the kingdom's government. This might be some of the worst acting you've ever seen. In the last scene, you can barely understand what he's saying! And then there's the infamous "Hatatatatata!!" moment. The supporting villain is pretty bad too. His talk speed makes Eor from Winnie the Pooh look like Chris Tucker. Doesn't help that he has blue lips. There are also a few scenes that might have been seen as Indiana Jones ripoffs.

Now let's go on to the good. Besides Jeremy Irons and Bruce Payne, the acting was actually pretty good. Marlon Wayans and Justin Whalin did a pretty good job in particular. By the time Snail is killed, we (Well, I at least) really feel for his death. Zoe McLellan did a pretty good job too, and I'm NOT just saying that because she's hot.

The plot is pretty good too, even if it is a star wars ripoff. It shows a few historical traits to make it smarter than it's 10% rating might convey.

It also has a fair amount of heart. It's no Gone with the Wind, but compared to most fantasy films, it was pretty emotional. Lot's of scenes with great emotion.

I also think that it has a great message. Though it may be lost under Irons overacting, the film has a great message about how many different people can come together to achieve a common goal.

Bottom line, this was a good movie. Not spectacular, and I can understand the negative reviews, but good. I won't reccomend it, however, to anyone other than my friends.
November 4, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

Not technically a 90s movie, but it certainly falls into the same weird vibe that the decade created. Now i've never played the game, but i'm sure it's nowhere close to this very crazy mythical world that really takes more from Dune and the Lord of the Rings cartoon from what I could see. The over-acting is hilarious and some of the lines are just utterly amazing in terms of originality. Mainly because no one would do or say anything that was done or said in this movie.
May 3, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

    1. Snails: I thought you said this was gonna be easy!
    2. Ridley Freeborn: No, I said it wasn't impossible
    3. Snails: That's the same thing you said when we robbed that little halfling's house. And who'd he catch? Me. And who'd he beat from the waist down? Me.
    – Submitted by Marc L (2 years ago)
    1. Snails: I got a new name for 'dumb': 'Ridley'! This is the Ridleyest thing I've ever heard!
    – Submitted by Marc L (2 years ago)
    1. Damodar: Just like you thieves, always taking things that don't belong to you.
    – Submitted by Emil (2 years ago)
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