Dungeons & Dragons

Movie review by
Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media
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Disappointing film version of popular fantasy.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Several characters make slighting comments about members of other fantasy races.


Torture, swordfighting and other hand-to-hand combat, and a cataclysmic battle between airborne fleets of rival dragons. Miniature dragonlike creatures are embedded in a character's head and slip in and out of his ears; another character is tortured with


A verbal and visual reference to intercourse; a female character's armor breastplate is anatomically precise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some intense torture scenes. There's also lots of fantasy violence: swordfighting and other hand-to-hand combat, and a cataclysmic battle between airborne fleets of rival dragons.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by90degreeAngloSaxon August 17, 2020

Absolute Masterpiece

This is one of the best movies ever made. Jeremy Irons' iconic performance, the amazing effects, the genuinely hilarious comedy... I can't believe thi... Continue reading
Adult Written byTheShaman April 9, 2008

Dont bother with this one

Has anyone seen the cartoon of D&D from the 1980's? well forget that. That was actually 10x better than this piece of dreck! I only watched the fir... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMoonElf June 26, 2020

you got to see it!

i think it was a great movie despite its reviews from rotten tomatoes i would suggest seeing it because its interesting and had some iconic D & D creatu... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the popular role-playing game, DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS follows Empress Savina (Thora Birch) on her quest to obtain a magic talisman that will give her power over the Red Dragons and ultimately allow her to overthrow the evil Profion (Jeremy Irons) and his army of Golden Dragons. Aiding the empress are criminals Ridely (Justin Whalin) and Snails (Marlon Wayans) and dwarves Norda and Elwood.

Is it any good?

Kids who like wizards and dragons will want to see this, and they'll probably like the special effects, but the movie could have been much better without too much effort. The convoluted quest at the center of this movie is a lark compared to the long-unrealized search for a fantasy movie with a story engaging enough to match the eye candy that today's special effects can conjure. Dungeons is filmed unimaginatively, with lavishly costumed extras wandering aimlessly as if they were directed to do so, and main characters moving through the cityscapes and landscapes as if nobody would notice a band of singular-looking fugitives glancing furtively about. Situations that would cause any sane person to convulse with dread have our heroes feeling nothing more than a gulp in the throat.

The performances are probably the film's most annoying aspect. Jeremy Irons is breathtakingly overwrought as the chief villain, but his right-hand man, played by Bruce Payne, chews scenery with even bigger bites. And the young leads are just as thuddingly bad. Nearly every performance earned derisive laughs from an audience of teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they liked this film, and what makes a good fantasy adventure. Fans of the popular fanstasy game can talk about how they would go about creating a movie based on the game.

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