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Reign of Fire Reviews

March 31, 2019
The characters are sketchy, the plot is full of logical holes and the story is all fight and flight. But despite its flaws, it is enjoyable if you like special effects, warriors and computer-generated dragons.
March 31, 2019
For all its silliness, Reign of Fire never bores, and may actually appeal to your inner twelve-year-old.
March 31, 2019
The poor dragons - on screen not nearly enough as it is - stand no chance pitted against this kind of heavyweight ham.
March 31, 2019
An odd cross between Mad Max and Dragonheart, this movie is all borrowed ideas, but it's still trashy fun.
February 9, 2006
The climactic SFX are well mounted and it's all too preposterous to dislike.
November 20, 2003
Everybody is screaming and yelling. The costumes and the sets all look like they're left over from Mad Max. Everybody's wearing leather and big boots and they're all dirty and it's just like any other end of the world scenario you've ever seen.
November 8, 2002
Stupid futuristic nonsense.
August 26, 2002
There is an enjoyably outrageous aerial combat sequence when the flying dragons are attacked by military helicopters. The problem is that this is such a rare moment of fun and action; the rest is dour bickering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 12, 2002
It's hard not to like a film that has sky divers jumping out of helicopters to catch flying dragons in a big net.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: C-
July 25, 2002
There's the bad CGI, the choppy pacing, the comically intense acting, the repetition, the dullness and mostly the idiot plot.
July 16, 2002
Peaks early with a vertiginous dogfight; thereafter, spotty CGI and a bamboozling plot conspire toward a colossal anticlimax.
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.
July 14, 2002
Ultimately fails to come through in the fire-breathing clutch.
July 14, 2002
The stars are the dragons. They really set a new high for cinema SFX: lithe as flying eels with vast wings, ferocious sets of gnashers and an ability to expectorate molten gobs of all-devouring fire.
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
July 12, 2002
An uncommonly exciting and satisfying post-apocalyptic popcorn flick.
July 12, 2002
A disaster of a drama, saved only by its winged assailants.
July 12, 2002
Silly, loud and goofy.
July 12, 2002
The filmmakers might have benefited from more sleep before penning the script.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
July 12, 2002
As the rich drama plays out, Reign of Fire proves to be a thoroughly taut, well-considered fable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 12, 2002
Reign of Fire is basically one great set piece surrounded by thickets of iron filings, oily hair and knotty-pine acting.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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-
July 12, 2002
Suspension of disbelief is one thing but this movie asks viewers to suspend logic and right reason as well.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
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
July 12, 2002
Falls neatly into the category of Good Stupid Fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 12, 2002
Reign of Fire never comes close to recovering from its demented premise, but it does sustain an enjoyable level of ridiculousness.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 12, 2002
Well-shot but badly written tale set in a future ravaged by dragons.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 12, 2002
This is the film that the American Godzilla could have been, but wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2002
[A] loud and assaultive but fundamentally boring spectacle.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
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-
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
July 11, 2002
For all its great potential, Reign of Fire turns out to be just another bughunt movie -- a disappointingly talky, haphazard one.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2002
Good clean post-apocalypse fire-breathing fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-