Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 17 out of 29
  1. Tedious, ludicrous and harmless glimpse of the dawn of civilization.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Within a few minutes into the ponderous prehistoric pseudo-epic that is 10,000 B.C., you find yourself longing for George of the Jungle to crash into a tree or the Geico cavemen to amble up and put an end to the droning seriousness of this tedious tale.
  3. 38
    One doesn't expect intelligent scripting or deep characterization from Roland Emmerich, but the film's lack of energy, poor special effects, and monotonous pacing lead to an inescapable conclusion: 10,000 B.C. isn't only brain-dead, it's COMPLETELY dead. It's inert and without a heartbeat.
  4. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    38
    A nonsensical vision of pre-history that lurches randomly between "caveman vs. jungle beast" encounters -- Roland Emmerich's Shlockalypto -- and a rococo Stargate spin-off involving pyramids, slave uprisings and oracles.
  5. If you thought "300" was silly, think of 10,000 BC as 33.333 times sillier.
  6. 33
    It's as if all the digital tools of new millennial filmmaking fell into the hands of men who had less storytelling sense than a campfire bard or a cave painter.
  7. 30
    The picture, despite the grand panoramic scale Emmerich has tried to give it, is dopey and static. Its finest moments belong to the thundering herd of woolly mammoths who storm through the picture sometime in its first half-hour.
  8. 30
    One part Joseph Campbell hero quest, one part multi-culti morality tale, one part live-action "Flintstones" cartoon, 10,000 B.C. is finally every part just plain nuts, from a hike featuring more ecosystems than an Al Gore documentary to a wacky climax set amid pyramids that -- you'll e-mail me if I'm wrong -- wouldn't have been built for another 7,000 years or so.
  9. Overblown and stupefyingly dull.
  10. 25
    Call it "Apocalypto" for pussies -- a PG-13 rating, puh-leese! -- or prehistory for peabrains. Just don’t call it friendo. 10,000 B.C. will take your money, rob your time and hit your brain like a shot of Novacaine.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    25
    10,000 B.C. tries, but never catches fire.
  12. 25
    I was kind of rough on "Apocalypto," which in retrospect seems like a minor classic compared to 10,000 BC.
  13. Completely ridiculous, but fun to look at.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    So, yea, it is a stinker. But it is prophesied that in six months time you shall come across 10,000 B.C.’ in the land of Pay-Per-View. And you shall say: ‘‘Pass the popcorn.’’
  15. Neither grand enough to be impressive nor antic enough to be charming, the movie settles for bland and frantic, climaxing in a showdown among decadent pyramid builders. How bad are these guys? They're sadists...and, wink wink, sissies.
  16. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    20
    In terms of character development, wit, and simple curiosity, it's dumber than a Neanderthal.
  17. 0
    The only evolution in question here is that of Emmerich's skills as a director of motion pictures.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 265 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 127
  2. Negative: 60 out of 127
  1. R.EmmerichSucks
    Mar 7, 2008
    1
    Two hours of TV commercials would have a more compelling plot, and more complex/likable characters. Just like Emmerich's other films (and all of Michael Bay's films except Transformers), this is a few hours of eye candy with lifeless characters you couldn't care less about. Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    6
    I liked the tittle, the posters and the general idea of the movie but it seems that the pieces just don't fit, very disappointed with the final result but it was fun to watch. Full Review »
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    1
    Galloping mammoths and saddles with stirrups....Need I say more? Oh, locks and keys, pulleys, steel implements....the list goes on...

    At
    least the CGI sabretooth tiger remained in character, knew its motivation and growled with great emotion. The humans...not so much. Full Review »