Reign of Fire

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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)
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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. 70
    Loads of fun. It has a jamming B-picture buzz -- the kind of swift filmmaking and high spirits that have been missing from movies for a while.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Jones
    63
    It's a decent, fast-moving and visually powerful summer action romp for the teenage demographic-the dragons are deliciously evil critters, with a nice retro identity.
  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. Often incomprehensible (a combination of jumpy editing and lots of thick British Isles accents) and hardly ever entertaining - even unintentionally.
  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: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
  1. AidanP.
    Jun 27, 2007
    10
    I love this movie, its great. Don't know why it received such bad reviews, after all, its fantasy.
  2. ChrisMc
    Oct 6, 2005
    8
    Good, enjoyable rubbish!
  3. Louis'sbrother
    Mar 21, 2007
    8
    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
    7
    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 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. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    Beautiful and dark, merciless and somehow realistic movie about survival. The dragons are beautifully made, and they stand out as extremeBeautiful and dark, merciless and somehow realistic movie about survival. The dragons are beautifully made, and they stand out as extreme predators. Humans, for once, are really there for a lunch. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2013
    7
    Very good post-apocalyptic science-fiction/fantasy movie with some interesting characters, good computer generated images and exciting actionVery 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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  7. Nov 12, 2012
    5
    Heartbreakingly mediocre for such a list of good ideas.

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