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Dungeons & Dragons

By Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Disappointing film version of popular fantasy.

Movie PG-13 2001 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

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 first half hour of this movie and then couldnt get up fast enough to take the Tape out of my VCR. Thank God that i recorded it off of HBO and didnt rent the movie. I would have wanted my money back. The characters are lame, the dialogue is even worse. DId a 10 yr old write this script? NO a 10yr old would have written a better one! Stay away from this piece of garbage. I was expecting a cool Sci-fi movie, instead i just wasted my time.
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age 12+

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 this movie is so underrated. I'm kidding this movie sucks but OH MAN is it funny.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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.

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