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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
    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. AidanP.
    Jun 27, 2007
    I love this movie, its great. Don't know why it received such bad reviews, after all, its fantasy.
  2. ChrisMc
    Oct 6, 2005
    Good, enjoyable rubbish!
  3. Louis'sbrother
    Mar 21, 2007
    Best epic of the year! I was at the edge of my seat throughout the whole movie. The only problem is that the story needs some work.
  4. Sam
    Oct 30, 2005
    Far from the classics that were also released in 2002 such as Signs and Spider-Man, yet good silly entertainment none-the-less. Don't expect much more, though. Expand
  5. TK
    Nov 17, 2007
    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. Collapse
  6. Apr 21, 2013
    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.
  7. Nov 12, 2012
    Heartbreakingly mediocre for such a list of good ideas.

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