Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    An uncommonly satisfying mix of medieval fantasy, high-tech military action and "Mad Max"-style misadventure.
  2. A collision of medieval fantasy and commando action movie, where you can almost believe in the high-concept mix-and-matching.
  3. 50
    Stops dead the second the monsters fall out of view. It doesn't help that the movie's post-apocalyptic future is of the unimaginative backlot variety, or that the movie takes itself so seriously.
  4. 50
    The script gives the actors less of a chance than the dragons give to Homo sapiens.
  5. Though Reign of Fire's concept of a humans-versus-dragons smackdown is a good one, the way it's worked out on screen is more silly than compelling.
  6. Clearly, nobody's going to win any awards for this, but maybe Bale and McConaughey knew what they were doing after all. The music is loud, the action is fierce and the bodies are buff.
  7. 50
    Surprisingly lifeless monster movie.
  8. 42
    Like a dog walking on its hind legs across a freshly waxed floor -- awkward, slow, deliberate, seeking approval -- the action thriller Reign of Fire gets from start to finish, somehow, without tumbling into complete disaster.
  9. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    40
    Some great things can found in this fluidly kinetic film, well-directed by X-Files series and movie veteran Rob Bowman, including no-nonsense dialogue, epic photography and a terrific score. It's too bad the story is so sloppy and stupid.
  10. 40
    Will make monster fans ache for what might have been.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
  1. Nov 12, 2012
    5
    Heartbreakingly mediocre for such a list of good ideas.
  2. Aug 19, 2010
    7
    A stupid ending, with laughable dialogue and Matthew McConaughey looking and acting like something out of GI joe and yet I was never bored andA stupid ending, with laughable dialogue and Matthew McConaughey looking and acting like something out of GI joe and yet I was never bored and found it quite entertaining. I'm a bit annoyed though because it's never as epic or explosive as it should be and never as heartfelt as it wants to be. The cover and posters are misleading Full Review »
  3. TK
    Nov 17, 2007
    7
    Not the best movie ever... but mildly entertaining. The characters are somewhat likable and the story was predictable but decent. PS Aron, Not the best movie ever... but mildly entertaining. The characters are somewhat likable and the story was predictable but decent. PS Aron, your not cool and couldn't write a review worth reading to save your life... regardless of what Mindy might think. Full Review »