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  • Summary: An exciting tale of adventure and survival that fuses a medieval past with a post-apocalyptic future. (Buena Vista Pictures Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. 75
    The fact that Reign of Fire does what it sets out to do is a cause for celebration amongst those who like special effects-laden action movies featuring fire-breathing monsters and mayhem.
  2. The beasts are employed to splendid metaphorical effect, which may be lost on viewers perceiving nothing but an action romp.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    This is quite enjoyable as creature features go, and Bale continues to demonstrate his curious under-the-radar appeal. As for McConaughey, let's just say a star is reborn. Suddenly that whole naked-bongo-playing incident makes a lot more sense.
  4. 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.
  5. It strains belief that nuclear weapons couldn't kill off the dragons, but three people with crossbows could.
  6. Reign of Fire never comes close to recovering from its demented premise, but it does sustain an enjoyable level of ridiculousness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  1. 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 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 Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2013
    7
    Very good post-apocalyptic science-fiction/fantasy movie with some interesting characters, good computer generated images and exciting action scenes. Unfortunately, everything inbetween those action scenes is somewhat dull.

    Apparently some of the characters are named after environmentalist authors but I am not sure if this movie has a political message; I couldn't find it.
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  3. Nov 9, 2012
    6
    Reign of Fire is a fun monster movie. The effects are mostly good and it has some decent action scenes. Reign of Fire also drags a scenery chewing performance out of Mathew McConaughey: "You go ahead and have your little soiree. Personally, you people make me sick!" Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    5
    Heartbreakingly mediocre for such a list of good ideas.

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