10,000 B.C. Movie Reviews

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Roland Emmerich, the king of disaster movies, takes a stab at ancient times for a change of pace. Well, actually, he already did this once with “Stargate”, in a matter of speaking, so maybe this isn’t such a novelty for him after all. Unfortunately for Emmerich, the reviews for “10,000 B.C.” haven’t exactly been kind. In fact, they’ve been downright caveman-like in their blunt criticisms of his film’s generic action-adventure quality. Head on below to see what the big boys are saying about the movie, and whether you should drop a $20 spot on it this Friday or not.

As I type this, there are 74 critical reviews of the film at Rotten Tomatoes, with a massive split of 68 negative reviews to a measly 6 positive ones. That ain’t good.

Here are some sample reviews:

Comingsoon.net appreciated the entertainment value and CGI, but little else:

If you don’t overanalyze it, “10,000 BC” can be an entertaining film. If you like CGI creatures attacking people, you’ll find it worth checking out. Just don’t go in expecting an Academy Award winning film.

The Boston Globe got a bit wacky with it:

And I saith to you, verily, it is a bad movie, with foolish racial politics, and indeed it may someday be spoken of as the worst of the year 2008. But I also saith to you that I had a strangely good time, and whether that is from laughing at ‘‘10,000 B.C.’’ or laughing with it I knoweth not, although I strongly suspect the former.

The Hollywood Reporter sang its praises:

Strait makes a convincing hero as his youth, athleticism and earnestness stand in him in good stead. Belle does manage to suggest a bit more depth to her character as she is anything but a poor girl quietly acquiescing to her captivity. Curtis and Virgel are solid as aging tribal leaders looking to pass on their dearly purchased wisdom.

The New York Times‘ guy echoes much of the reviews, which is that “10,000 BC” is dumb fun:

But the big, climactic fight, complete with an epic snuffleupagus rampage, is decent action-movie fun. And as a history lesson, “10,000 BC” has its value. It explains just how we came to be the tolerant, peace-loving farmers we are today, and why the pyramids were never finished.

So there you go. The critics, even the ones that gave it a negative review, all seem to agree that “10,000 BC” is what it is, and what it is is good fun at the movies, with stellar CGI and a generic plotline. Hey, what more do you want about a movie set 10,000 BC in the past, but everyone happens to speak English?

“10,000 B.C.” opens today.

10,000 B.C. Movie Reviews

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  • alli

    Well, I don’t think that this movie was sooo horrible, even though it was a bit generic, but overall I think it was a good movie. As for everyone frowning on the accent thing, no one ever claimed this movie to be a documentary; I would much rather be able to hear them than have to read a bunch of subtitles. The trailer made the movie to appear much more exciting than it was, and I wish there had been more action, but I enjoyed it.

  • alli

    Well, I don’t think that this movie was sooo horrible, even though it was a bit generic, but overall I think it was a good movie. As for everyone frowning on the accent thing, no one ever claimed this movie to be a documentary; I would much rather be able to hear them than have to read a bunch of subtitles. The trailer made the movie to appear much more exciting than it was, and I wish there had been more action, but I enjoyed it.

  • alli

    Well, I don’t think that this movie was sooo horrible, even though it was a bit generic, but overall I think it was a good movie. As for everyone frowning on the accent thing, no one ever claimed this movie to be a documentary; I would much rather be able to hear them than have to read a bunch of subtitles. The trailer made the movie to appear much more exciting than it was, and I wish there had been more action, but I enjoyed it.

  • http://www.fukoff.com/ Josh

    The movie was awesome. I took my girlfriend to go see it and she and I both loved it. Its all about what kind of movie you like. If you would rather go watch something dumb like “Step-Up 2″ a movie about dancing? what kind of crap is that? Nothing compared to what a real movie is supposed to be :) And I think 10,000 BC oWnS you

  • http://www.fukoff.com Josh

    The movie was awesome. I took my girlfriend to go see it and she and I both loved it. Its all about what kind of movie you like. If you would rather go watch something dumb like “Step-Up 2″ a movie about dancing? what kind of crap is that? Nothing compared to what a real movie is supposed to be :) And I think 10,000 BC oWnS you

  • danny

    I was disapointed on how many bad reviews this movie got, it wasnt bad. I thought it was an good enjoyable film. There were definetly some corny parts, and the hollywood ending took away from the film. I also thought that they should of developed the saber more than they did couse u really dont see much of it in the film. If i were the writers i would of taken out the “300” ending and had the saber kill the king. that would of been more exitng. but thats me. But I read all the reviews and they sound discusted. 10000 BC was not a waste of time. GO see it if u havent already. :)

  • danny

    I was disapointed on how many bad reviews this movie got, it wasnt bad. I thought it was an good enjoyable film. There were definetly some corny parts, and the hollywood ending took away from the film. I also thought that they should of developed the saber more than they did couse u really dont see much of it in the film. If i were the writers i would of taken out the “300” ending and had the saber kill the king. that would of been more exitng. but thats me. But I read all the reviews and they sound discusted. 10000 BC was not a waste of time. GO see it if u havent already. :)

  • Daniel

    This movie was really not what I was expecting to see…if you see the trailer you’ve seen the movie. It’s such a rip-off from Apocalypto and 300…and its so unrealistic and fake, its not even historically right!!! I thought it was supposed to be 10,000 BC, and yet I see ships with sails, leather pants, concrete buildings, telescopes, and clean shaven men and women (with make up) running around from snow to jungle in no time!??? What the??? Sure, call it “FUN” for the easily amused…but it was definetely a waste of time and money. It would have been a far more interesting movie if they had FOCUSED on one time period with somewhat realistic facts and an original plot….maybe next time.

  • Daniel

    This movie was really not what I was expecting to see…if you see the trailer you’ve seen the movie. It’s such a rip-off from Apocalypto and 300…and its so unrealistic and fake, its not even historically right!!! I thought it was supposed to be 10,000 BC, and yet I see ships with sails, leather pants, concrete buildings, telescopes, and clean shaven men and women (with make up) running around from snow to jungle in no time!??? What the??? Sure, call it “FUN” for the easily amused…but it was definetely a waste of time and money. It would have been a far more interesting movie if they had FOCUSED on one time period with somewhat realistic facts and an original plot….maybe next time.

  • Daniel

    This movie was really not what I was expecting to see…if you see the trailer you’ve seen the movie. It’s such a rip-off from Apocalypto and 300…and its so unrealistic and fake, its not even historically right!!! I thought it was supposed to be 10,000 BC, and yet I see ships with sails, leather pants, concrete buildings, telescopes, and clean shaven men and women (with make up) running around from snow to jungle in no time!??? What the??? Sure, call it “FUN” for the easily amused…but it was definetely a waste of time and money. It would have been a far more interesting movie if they had FOCUSED on one time period with somewhat realistic facts and an original plot….maybe next time.