Reign of Fire - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Reign of Fire Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
It's painful to watch actors like McConaughey and Bale, who showed so much potential at one time in their careers, shamelessly overact and spout inane dialogue.
| Original Score: C-
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 16, 2002
McConaughey's facial hair is his best acting prop: It seems to exists only to trap spittle after eating roasted meat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 23, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 12, 2002
Silly, loud and goofy.
Kit Bowen
July 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 15, 2002
The film is all special effects and testosteronic bellowing by Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
July 16, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
Plodding sci-fi dragon disaster tale is OK for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Garners so much potential for a large exciting universe, but is just a waste of acting talent, special effects and money
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 11, 2002
The filmmakers take the story so seriously Reign of Fire becomes the dullest movie imaginable about fire-breathing lizards. It's Godzilla written by Strindberg.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
July 10, 2002
Definitely in the guilty pleasure B-movie category, Reign of Fire is so incredibly inane that it is laughingly enjoyable.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 10, 2002
Matthew McConaughey tries, and fails, to control the screen with swaggering machismo and over-the-top lunacy.
| Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
July 11, 2002
When the fire burns out, we've only come face-to-face with a couple dragons and that's where the film ultimately fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 11, 2002
Full of tantalizing hints of the fascinating mythopoeic movie this could have been.
Carlo Cavagna
July 14, 2002
Smothered by its own solemnity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
July 15, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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