The season could do with more grinning, spinning, un-self-important, happy-to-be-B throwback movies like this one.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
It has a jamming B-picture buzz -- the kind of swift filmmaking and high spirits that have been missing from movies for a while.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
The filmmakers might have benefited from more sleep before penning the script.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Silly, loud and goofy.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
A disaster of a drama, saved only by its winged assailants.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Falls neatly into the category of Good Stupid Fun.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Peaks early with a vertiginous dogfight; thereafter, spotty CGI and a bamboozling plot conspire toward a colossal anticlimax.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
A more enjoyable neo-dragon flick than 1981's Dragonslayer, with its lesser effects, or 1996's Dragonheart, with its soft heart for the monsters.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Reign of Fire is a good show, hampered by the gnawing suspicion that it could have been better.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
One regards Reign of Fire with awe. What a vast enterprise has been marshaled in the service of such a minute idea.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
With McConaughey in an entirely irony-free zone and Bale reduced mainly to batting his sensitive eyelids, there's not enough intelligence, wit or innovation on the screen to attract and sustain an older crowd.
Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune
Directed by Rob Bowman in a palette of dark, muddy colors, Reign of Fire is often incomprehensible and hardly ever entertaining -- even unintentionally.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Suspension of disbelief is one thing but this movie asks viewers to suspend logic and right reason as well.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Dean Essner - Arizona Republic
An uncommonly exciting and satisfying post-apocalyptic popcorn flick.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Well-shot but badly written tale set in a future ravaged by dragons.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
The narrative is so consistently unimaginative that probably the only way to have saved the film is with the aid of those wisecracking Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
It's hard to imagine a better futuristic flying dragon movie than this, if one can imagine such a thing at all. However, while we wait for such a comparison, we could probably do a lot worse than Reign Of Fire.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Reign of Fire never comes close to recovering from its demented premise, but it does sustain an enjoyable level of ridiculousness.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
[A] loud and assaultive but fundamentally boring spectacle.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
This is the film that the American Godzilla could have been, but wasn't.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Ultimately fails to come through in the fire-breathing clutch.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Somebody get a hose and put this Fire out.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
No one but the performers' family and friends will be coming to Reign of Fire for the acting. It's the dragons ... that carry the picture.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Dragons, man. That's all we're really here to see, and they do not disappoint in the slightest.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Plodding sci-fi dragon disaster tale is OK for older kids.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
A waste of acting talent, special effects and money.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
While the dragons come out blazing, the rest of the movie is blowing smoke.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
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Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
... Reign of Fire is somehow greater than the sum of its parts.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
It's painful to watch actors like McConaughey and Bale, who showed so much potential at one time in their careers, shamelessly overact and spout inane dialogue.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
...McConaughey goes for broke and turns this guy into an amalgam of every hard-nosed soldier previously committed to celluloid.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Roteiro absurdo, historia fragil, personagens pouco agradaveis e acao nada empolgante.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
If London in cinders and medium rare sky-diving soldiers can't get you into the cinema, you're probably one of those people who were never fascinated by matches as a child.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Reign Of Fire should at least be a marvel of special effects, but alas, even the dragon's not very much fun.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Reign of Fire is the schoolyard bully who used to beat the crap out of you during breaks: it is big, loud, dumb and never explains itself.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Despite a few epic revelations, we never get a real sense of living, breathing dragons.
Paul Malcolm - L.A. Weekly
Wouldn't you have thought that a studio about to spend over $90,000,000 on a movie would have begun with a script instead of a few special effects?
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
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Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Delivers a fresh, rousing take on the venerable traditions of the monster movie.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
If "Reign of Fire" could have spared a few more bucks to pump up the thrills and spent a little longer working out the story's ending, it might have become one of the highest grossing films of the summer.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Reign of Fire contains several scenes in which the screen is filled with immense fire-breathing dragons, but you don't feel the slightest twinge of awe or fear for the size of these creatures or their incredible destructive powers.
Paul Matwychuk - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Far too dark and menacing for kids, this fire-dragons story is far too silly for adults. With its M rating, maybe it's intended audience is exactly 15 year old boys.
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Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
La carta fuerte de este filme reside en su poderoso trabajo de computadora y en sus fastuosos efectos especiales. Nada mas.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Reign of Fire looks nice, and wiles away 90 minutes of screen time agreeably.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
Dean Essner - FilmFour.com
'Christian Bale's Quinn [is] a leather clad grunge-pirate with a hairdo like Gandalf in a wind-tunnel and a simply astounding cor-blimey-luv-a-duck cockney accent.'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
The entire film plays as a single drawn-out scene...it's essentially a lot of humourless grunts shouting survival tactics to one another.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
It's hard not to like a film that has sky divers jumping out of helicopters to catch flying dragons in a big net.
Alec Cawthorne - BBC
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
We never get the feel that this is a monumental conflict with nothing less than the human species at stake.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Reign of Fire will likely reign over the box office.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Reign of Fire may well be the most grim dragon movie ever made -- and it's all the more effective for the filmmakers' decision to play it straight.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
'Question: Why are the men in a ravaged England of 2020 denied access to razors and soap, while the women still enjoy the comforts of MAC cosmetics? Just asking.'
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Sweet gentle Jesus, did the screenwriters just do a cut-and-paste of every bad action-movie line in history?
Catherine Cantieri - HoleCity.com
Matthew McConaughey takes the movie up a notch with his fabulously over-the-top performance
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Given the choice between the humans in this movie and the dragons, I'm rooting for the cockroaches.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A busy but lifeless film.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
'All in all, Reign of Fire will be a good (successful) rental.'
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Reign of Fire may be little more than another platter of reheated Aliens, but it's still pretty tasty.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
...perhaps the heaviest, most joyless movie ever made about giant dragons taking over the world.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A summertime fun monster blockbuster B- film for the kid inside us that never grew up.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Way too much draggin' and not nearly enough dragon, this overly serious talkathon is the perfect cure for insomnia, but little else.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A better than fair attempt at the 'modern' sword and sorcery genre.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
McConaughey's facial hair is his best acting prop: It seems to exists only to trap spittle after eating roasted meat.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
I'm not going to argue that Reign of Fire is a good movie, but it's terribly entertaining it's kind of a classic camp film, so I'm giving it thumbs up.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
The film is all special effects and testosteronic bellowing by Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
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Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Smothered by its own solemnity.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A brilliant idea that somehow misses the mark by a North country mile, Reign of Fire will make monster fans ache for what might have been.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Dean Essner - Orlando Weekly
I realized that no matter how fantastic Reign of Fire looked, its story was making no sense at all.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
When you reach for as much as Reign of Fire reaches for - and you fail - you get a muddled mishmash that doesn't satisfy on any level.
David Poland - Hot Button
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Draggin' about dragons
Michael Clawson - West Valley View
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A decent little futuristic monster movie with some cool moments, lots of cheesy writing and acting, and the good sense to build to a nice climax.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The advantage of a postapocalyptic setting is that it can be made on the cheap. Any rock pile will do for a set. Reign of Fire has the disadvantage of also looking cheap.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Lurching from admirably frank, multifaceted depictions of human physical and psychological survival to scenes so hokey they're almost surreal, the movie is like a thoroughbred horse without a jockey -- a thing of beauty running nowhere.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The process of figuring out the moment the movie re-imagines the Battle of the Bulge with a bare-chested guardsman and a pike is more than worth the price of admission.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
While the result is that Reign of Fire has its share of tense moments, the film is really nothing more than a passable little B-movie.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
The screenwriters dig themselves in deeper every time they toss logic and science into what is essentially a "Dungeons and Dragons" fantasy with modern military weaponry...
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Reign of Fire looks as if it was made without much thought -- and is best watched that way.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
If you don't think too much, there's a gleeful feel to the proceedings, exemplified by McConaughey's shaggy, over-the-top performance.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Someone please sign McConaughey to a multi-picture action contract that also has a stipulation banning him from starring in movies with J. Lo or Elizabeth Hurley.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
The acting is much above average for action films and takes advantage of the depth of an experienced actor like Bale.
Shirley Klass - Fantastica Daily
A howlingly badly written post-apocalyptic flamefest with high-camp violence and action.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Mankind has fixated on dragon genocide as one last little moral victory
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
This dragon tale goes down in flames.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The movie makes absolutely no sense. Its underlying mythology is a hodgepodge of inconsistencies that pose the question: Since when did dumb entertainment have to be this dumb?
Chauncey Mabe - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The actual movie fails to do justice to its premise.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
People were cheering, but I was cheering because it was over.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Reign of Fire is more than competent, with the action and the special effects, and even shows flashes of humor. The movie is not, alas, so diligent about making sure its story makes sense.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The movie is cold, miscalculated and hollow, and aside from a few isolated scenes of genuine excitement, it's also rather dreary.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
This is popcorn movie fun with equal doses of action, cheese, ham and cheek (as well as a serious debt to The Road Warrior), but it feels like unrealized potential
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Humans-vs.-Dragons apocalyptic action film is a blast of pulpy, pop-mythic fun.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The premise of Reign of Fire is an exciting one that, ultimately, does not translate into an exciting film.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
As the rich drama plays out, Reign of Fire proves to be a thoroughly taut, well-considered fable.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Reign of Fire requires too much suspension of disbelief.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
In their efforts to make an unsilly movie about dragons, the Reign of Fire brain trust went rather too far. What they've come up with is a grim, enjoyment-impaired, postapocalyptic trudge.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
This testosterone-laden tale takes no prisoners. It is full of firey action.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Reign of Fire is hardly the most original fantasy film ever made -- beyond Road Warrior, it owes enormous debts to Aliens and every previous dragon drama -- but that barely makes it any less entertaining.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Reign of Fire, in fact, may be the best Mad Max film to not feature the character of Mad Max.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Reign of Fire is basically one great set piece surrounded by thickets of iron filings, oily hair and knotty-pine acting.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
A great big summer effects movie that makes very little sense but provides a wild ride.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
We get recycled plot elements from a dozen other movies, many of them better, and just enough suspense to keep it from turning to a complete disaster.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Reign of Fire comes across as too concerned with traditional crowd-pleasing to explore its full potential for camp.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
First off, there's just not enough of the dragons. Secondly, the pace is really slow.
John Venable - Supercala.com
If you thought Matthew McConaughey lost his mind awhile back when he was caught playing the bongos naked in his home, wait until you see him in Reign of Fire.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The Road Warrior with plummier accents, Reign of Fire is fun because the dragons are fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A modern-day gothic horror! This is one hot hot HOT movie, and it's not just because of the cool dragons, it's a fun ride!
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
The film is not stingy with effects, and its hermetic atmosphere is effectively realized, but leaves the film so spare of air that combustion never leads to conflagration.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Reign of Fire, like a lot of films these days, is a bunch of eye-popping effects in search of a plot.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Credited writers Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka and Matt Greenberg took their dialogue from every action movie you've seen, and characterizations don't amount to a hill of dragon dung.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Director Rob Bowman obviously realizes that he's working on a simple popcorn flick, yet still does everything he can to make Reign of Fire a quality popcorn flick.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
This sort of movie ultimately soars or sinks on the strength of its visual effects, and supervisor Richard R. Hoover and his crew don't disappoint.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The action sequences are okay, but there are so many plot holes that the whole thing is ruined from the end of the bridge sequence.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
This production seems fully realized unlike other recent effects films, like Men in Black II, that appear sloppy and rushed. The best dragon movie ever made.
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
The filmmakers take the story so seriously Reign of Fire becomes the dullest movie imaginable about fire-breathing lizards. It's Godzilla written by Strindberg.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
There are a couple of sensational action sequences in Reign of Fire -- the aerial hunt and the final battle are awesome to behold -- but director Rob Bowman keeps us trained mostly on the bewildered humans/
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Reign of Fire rocks!
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
With its campy acting and absurd plot flavorings, the film feels like a cult-classic B-movie with state-of-the-art production values.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Ignore logic, and the flick has plenty of grungy fantasy appeal.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
McConaughey's fun to watch, the dragons are okay, not much fire in the script.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Good enough to make viewers a lot less leery of the whole post-apocalyptic future genre after The Postman.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Good clean post-apocalypse fire-breathing fun.
Scott Steinberg - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This is supposed to be a 'dragon movie', man...show me more dragons, dammit!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Full of tantalizing hints of the fascinating mythopoeic movie this could have been.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Despite the conventional military spin on the old kill the dragon story, the film never really succeeds or goes far enough in being either a taut action thriller or purposefully over the top camp.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
When the fire burns out, we've only come face-to-face with a couple dragons and that's where the film ultimately fails.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
For all its great potential, Reign of Fire turns out to be just another bughunt movie -- a disappointingly talky, haphazard one.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The two leads chomp considerably more scenery with their acting than fire-breathing monsters barbecue with their breath...
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The budget on the film must have been pretty small, because they sure did make us leave a lot to our imaginations.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
From the moment he appears on screen, McConaughey seems physically and behaviorally transformed from what we've seen in the past.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Director Rob Bowman makes an all-out action film, without letting it enter the cheesy comic realm usually associated with the genre.
Vanessa Sibbald - Zap2it.com
I have two words to say about Reign of Fire. Great dragons!
Luanne Brown - Chico Enterprise-Record
It's a lot of smoke, but too few mirrors.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The story is undeniably cheesy (its one-male-dragon plot point more so) but the film's set pieces (see the killer skydiving sequence) more than deliver, as does McConaughey.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Matthew McConaughey tries, and fails, to control the screen with swaggering machismo and over-the-top lunacy.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Definitely in the guilty pleasure B-movie category, Reign of Fire is so incredibly inane that it is laughingly enjoyable.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A Jaws ripoff no less ludicrous than Orca-Killer Whale... not only silly but narratively muddy and visually murky.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Reign of Fire isn't a classic, but it isn't Attack of the Clones, either, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
A fast paced and fun creature feature unlike many in recent decades.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
The dragons are the real stars of Reign of Fire and you won't be disappointed.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com