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Warcraft Reviews

June 16, 2016
A lot of sentimental hogwash about fathers and sons heading off to war.
June 13, 2016
Warcraft isn't decent. It isn't awful, either, though that would honestly be preferable.
June 13, 2016
Crowded and scattershot.
June 12, 2016
Large scale battles and magical pyrotechnics are nice supplements but the absence of well-formed characters and a meaningful narrative render such pretty things moot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2016
Warcraft is a language you don't speak, a code you can't crack, a party you weren't invited to.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 10, 2016
There are plenty of flaws - an overabundance of storylines chief among them, followed by the occasional slip into silly action and/or overdone effects - but what fun to discover some virtues to set against them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 10, 2016
This is a film that requires an instruction manual going in-or perhaps years of training alongside solemn mages-simply to possess the superhuman endurance needed to enjoy it.
June 10, 2016
The characters are one-dimensional, but this is fantasy fiction not domestic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2016
Sometimes video games are best left as video games.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 9, 2016
The story strives for a complexity that gets undermined again and again by cliche-riddled dialogue, pacing problems and performances that sometimes feel like they came out of a high school adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 9, 2016
Just because you can come up with names such as Azeroth, Durotan, Orgrim, and Grommash Hellscream doesn't mean you're J.R.R. Tolkien, people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2016
The fear is that Jones's storytelling smarts and aesthetic resourcefulness could wind up sacrificed to the chaos and overblown approach of a generic would-be blockbuster. Unfortunately, fear wins out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2016
Almost worth watching, if you still find yourself at loose ends after you've given the dog a bath, organized 10 years' worth of tax returns and completely moth-proofed your closet.
June 9, 2016
Missteps and all, the movie pulses with a true believer's conviction.
June 9, 2016
Ultimately the movie seems more focused on setting up sequels than exploring the abundant source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 9, 2016
Jones ... against the odds, has mined a watchable movie out of an entertainment franchise that started with a video game and now includes novels, comics and assorted schlock (toys, costumes, a mah-jongg set).
June 9, 2016
Jones ... is trying to deliver something like "The Lord of the Rings" minus the boring bits, but without the boring bits what you have is Itchy and Scratchy with maces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 9, 2016
There's just no way to become as invested during a two-hour movie as a gamer who's spent years, maybe even decades, immersed in the rituals and traditions of the worlds of Warcraft.
June 9, 2016
Little more than a dumb action blockbuster that has a bit of style but little substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 9, 2016
Here's hoping the next chapter languishes in development hell forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
June 9, 2016
"Warcraft" is presented as the opening chapter in a franchise, but already I feel it's time to move on. We're done here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2016
It aims to match the mythic gravitas of "The Lord of the Rings" - even throwing in a nod to the Book of Exodus for good measure - and the results fall paint-by-numbers flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 9, 2016
While there are some acceptable action sequences, it's the screenplay -- complicated by some less than inspired performances -- that dooms Warcraft at every point along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2016
Easily a contender for the worst movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
June 9, 2016
Director Duncan Jones will live to fight another day. But you leave the mostly worthless Warcraft with just two words ringing in your ear: Game over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 9, 2016
If "Lord of the Rings" and "Battlefield Earth" had a baby, it would look like the plot of "Warcraft."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
June 9, 2016
Rarely is so much time, money, and cutting-edge technology expended on a spectacle so devoid of wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 9, 2016
Paula Patton, playing a half-orc, half-human female warrior, is the most sympathetic character and actually gives something approaching a fully fledged performance, but for the rest of it ... ugliness as far as the eye can see.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
June 8, 2016
Duncan Jones puts in strange, fresh beats that, combined, do the impossible. They make this standard, shopworn, CG-plated epic feel like its own monster.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 8, 2016
Bold, unapologetic, hardcore fantasy. There are times when it feels like watching an '80s heavy metal album cover in cinematic form, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
| Original Score: 2/4
June 8, 2016
Director Duncan Jones has devoted so much attention to the technical aspects of the film - some of the orcs sport bling and piercings on their tusks - that he didn't notice how badly his human cast was flailing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 8, 2016
Sitting through Warcraft is like being bludgeoned on the head with a Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual for 100 minutes. The big hardcover one.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 8, 2016
Warcraft is the most wearying kind of bad movie, a dull and sad one that's less engaging a watch than just seeing the studio's millions run bill by bill through a shredder for two hours.
June 8, 2016
Jones still has an eye. But the movie is so overwhelmingly digitalized that most of it looks like a cartoon. Even when living, breathing actors are on screen, they feel computer generated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 8, 2016
No need to have ever played a video game to enjoy Warcraft, though a healthy affection for swashbuckling action and throwback fantasy probably helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2016
This is not "Lord of the Rings." It's barely "Dungeons & Dragons."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 2, 2016
A once-in-a-generation disaster, and one of the most ill-advised and ill-conceived studio films of this modern blockbuster era.
Full Review | Original Score: F
May 26, 2016
Like its ten-foot anti-heroes, 'Warcraft' is noisy, lumbering and not terribly bright.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2016
The final product brings to mind those animated advertisements for iPhone app games.
May 24, 2016
Dramatically and technically, Warcraft gives the concept of "hybrid" new punch.
May 24, 2016
Imagine Battlefield Earth without the verve, or the unintentional comedy.