D&D Movie/TV The D&D Movie Reviews Are Coming In

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While Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves doesn't come out until March 31st, reviewers have seen early screenings--and so far at least—it's all almost all overwhelmingly positive.

Of course, while those who follow genre movie news will know that's not an unusual pattern among early screenings, with things starting to settle down a bit later, Rotten Tomatoes currently has the movie at 100%. We can expect that to drop.

[UPDATE -- the Rotten Tomatoes score is now starting to drop and was at 92% at the time of this edit.]
[UPDATE -- now 84%.]


Hollywood Reporter said "An adaptation that will appeal to the nostalgic side of existing fans and entertain those whose eyes glaze over at the mention of Dungeon Masters, bards or druids." Variety's verdict was "It’s at once cheesy and charming, synthetic and spectacular, cozily derivative and rambunctiously inventive, a processed piece of junk-culture joy that, by the end, may bring a tear to your eye." Den of Geek says "At last, here is a crowdpleaser that actually pleases, and not least of all because the stakes are as small as an evening with some mates going on "a quest" by way of a 20-sided die." And Total Film speaks of "A Pine-fuelled mix of humour, handsome settings and high-stakes action turns the beloved board game into a big-screen treat."

Other outlets agree. According to Polygon "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is everything a D&D fan could want" and The Wrap says "This Hilarious Epic Fantasy Is a Total Blast". Deadline also gives it a positive review, saying "With renewed interest in the fantasy genre, it’s good to see something outside of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones getting it right and having a good time. Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is also one of the better game adaptations to hit theaters due to all of the elements coming together — a strong cast, a decent story, dynamic direction and pleasing special effects."

Rolling Stone is a little more tempered, however, observing that "‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Proves Chris Pine Can Save Anything" but warns that "no matter how much the creators confess their love of the game, all of those shout-outs to creatures, character types, campaign details and so on feel like annoying distractions."

RogerEbert.com feels that "The film often feels like it’s faking what the creators love about the game instead of trying to translate it from one medium to another."

But so far, so good! We'll have to wait to see if the trend holds up once the movie is out, but for those hoping we'll finally have a decent D&D movie--it looks like there is hope to be had!
 
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Parmandur

Book-Friend
The perpetually pessimistic Retreater ranks the film 8/10 (or 4 out of 5 editions).
I'll take my wife to see it when it hits wide release.
Without getting into spoilers, there was good fan service. The action was enjoyable. The acting wasn't Oscar worthy and not especially moving (it's not up there with LotR) but was fine.
I'd rank it up with some of the better Marvel films.
3 years ago, I would have put getting a 7/10 movie that ranked with the lesser Marvel movies as the optimistic scenario.

Thing is, if this does well, they will make more...and more decent fun fantasy films is a win in my book.
 



yes, the negative comments were all like "Just got back from the movie and I hated it!!" Again though, it's only about a quarter of them....
I am pretty sure some of the negative responses on IMDB are fake. They try to pass as real by reiterating the same slightly negative things said everywhere and slabbed a 1 of 10 rating on it, which ging by any standard is not justified at all...
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
yes, the negative comments were all like "Just got back from the movie and I hated it!!" Again though, it's only about a quarter of them....

I don't think people that are review-bombing to express their displeasure with:
A. Modernity
B. The spherical shape of the earth
C. The direction, or lack thereof, of nerd culture
D. The fact that they continue to live in their parent's basement

...would likely start a review with, "I've never seen this movie, but demand to express my impotent rage by typing stuff in order to put words to this inchoate feeling I have that my life has been wasted."


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I am unclear why this machine is not correctly registering the appropriate awesomeness of Zack Snyder's oeuvre!
 

I don't think people that are review-bombing to express their displeasure with:
A. Modernity
B. The spherical shape of the earth
C. The direction, or lack thereof, of nerd culture
D. The fact that they continue to live in their parent's basement

...would likely start a review with, "I've never seen this movie, but demand to express my impotent rage by typing stuff in order to put words to this inchoate feeling I have that my life has been wasted."


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I am unclear why this machine is not correctly registering the appropriate awesomeness of Zack Snyder's oeuvre!
it's possible that there is some review bombing, but the ones I'm reading aren't 'official' reviews that amount to anything, just comments on Facebook on some of the D&D pages I hang out on....
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I am pretty sure some of the negative responses on IMDB are fake. They try to pass as real by reiterating the same slightly negative things said everywhere and slabbed a 1 of 10 rating on it, which ging by any standard is not justified at all...

Internet thumbs up and down leads to lots of 1 and 10 type reviews.

Things are subjective as well.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
it's possible that there is some review bombing, but the ones I'm reading aren't 'official' reviews that amount to anything, just comments on Facebook on some of the D&D pages I hang out on....

I dnt th8nk there's a lot if reviews bombing going on.

Mostly from indifference if anything.
 

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