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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: A beautiful young woman possesses the power to transform a legendary giant serpent into an almighty dragon that can only ascend into heaven with the woman's ultimate sacrifice. But the forces of darkness are out to claim the young woman as their own while her reincarnated lover and his aged mentor stand in their way. (Freestyle Releasing) Expand
  • Director: Hyung-rae Shim
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 90 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. 63
    Frankly, it's dumb, but no dumber than "Transformers."
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    A feast of A-grade f/x married to a Z-grade, irony-free script.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    50
    It is such a breathless, delirious stew, it’s impossible not to be entertained, provided -- this is crucial -- you have a sense of humor.
  4. 38
    You don't have to hand the folks behind Dragon Wars much (the acting, directing, costumes, editing, props, music, etc: They're all off). But when they decide to sic that giant snake and those prehistoric dino-birds on downtown Los Angeles, the movie turns shockingly watchable.
  5. 30
    This South Korean pseudo-epic is some of the most ambitious cr-- I've ever seen.
  6. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    30
    This one’s for connoisseurs of the “totally preposterous crap” school of fantasy cinema.
  7. 16
    All the thought seems to have gone into the marketing, and none into the unfathomably terrible script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 74
  2. Negative: 48 out of 74
  1. JerryT.
    Aug 2, 2008
    10
    This film seriously is the best film ive ever seen try watching it upside down and with a lollypop on your nose you will probably look more sane than this movie ever will Collapse
  2. SamN.
    Jan 18, 2008
    9
    Dragon Wars is a ridiculously terrible movie. Why my high score? Because when I wasn't laughing at the horrendous script, I was just sitting back and enjoying the nostalgic awesomeness. Dragons vs. Helicopters? It's like being 7 all over again. Don't expect smart fun. Expect retarded awesomeness. Expand
  3. JC
    Sep 18, 2007
    5
    Awesome fx, incredibly bad dialogue. Why give away the entire movie in the first 5 minutes? That being said, the movie gets really fun when they start thrashing LA (doesn't everyone want to do it)? Expand
  4. KenC.
    Feb 1, 2008
    2
    I like B Sci-Fi movies as a rule - but this was pretty sorry - The action makes it watchable - but the story (plot) and the inconsistencies make it bad. Expand
  5. MichaelH.
    Sep 16, 2007
    1
    The WORST movie I have ever seen in my life. And that includes "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." There is no story structure. There is no attempt to make you empathize with the main characters. You get slammed with a half-hour of exposition at the beginning, and it's bad exposition. It's so confusing that you have no idea what they were trying to set up in the first place. The next quarter of the film is devoted to a bunch of cuts between the male lead and the female lead, while the male lead looks for her. Then there's a battle between fantasy creatures and modern military technology in the middle of LA, with total disregard for civilian life by the military. The chopper pilots are hilariously bad. I feel like this sequence was one of the major reasons this film was made. You can tell the director liked it, because you see the main characters for all of two minutes in this roughly 20 minute battle. Oh, and another thing. This movie fails at creating tension in every way imagineable. I know every movie does this, but none so blatant as this one. When the bad guy is two feet from his goal, and he just stands there and stares at his goal, easily within reach... WHY NOT STRIKE ALREADY!? That happens maybe 10 times in the entire film. The special effects amalgam at the end between the two giant serpents, good and evil, is also something that you can tell the director really wanted to do. Too bad it fails for using special effects on par with a film like Independence Day, an 11-year-old film. Aside from all of these flaws, add in non-sequitur dialog that is badly delivered, a "tragic" ending that is practically joyous when the credits roll, and a bad guy with dubbed Korean lines who overacts like it's going out of style, and you have what can easily be called the worst movie ever made. I honestly don't know what studio in their right mind would've picked this one up. Don't waste your time or money. I would've walked out on this movie if I hadn't been there with friends. Expand
  6. RichC.
    Sep 15, 2007
    0
    Save you time & money. You can probably see the same thing on Sat morning kids show.
  7. JohnL.
    Mar 4, 2008
    0
    WOW I knew it was going to be bad but usually when you expect the worst from a movie it tends to be better than you've heard...theres a reason the critic scores are nearly as bad as the users..this movie was AWFUL!!!!! after 10 minutes i watched it in fast forward just to get my rental moneys worth, I've never done that before so that should give you an idea of how bad this really was..Korea should stick to making kias and lg products, not feature films . Expand

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