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10,000 B.C. Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    34

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Neither grand enough to be impressive nor antic enough to be charming, the movie settles for bland and frantic, climaxing in a showdown among decadent pyramid builders. How bad are these guys? They're sadists...and, wink wink, sissies.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Within a few minutes into the ponderous prehistoric pseudo-epic that is 10,000 B.C., you find yourself longing for George of the Jungle to crash into a tree or the Geico cavemen to amble up and put an end to the droning seriousness of this tedious tale.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    As one might expect, there are campy moments and far too much reliance on God-like interventions in the affairs of early man. Less expected is that 10,000 BC works just fine as an action Western with handsome actors in striking costumes and a few CG predators, which are giddy fun.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Emmerich has no time for poetry or magic, even when the director and his digital wizards (here doing wildly variable work) are trying to dazzle. He’s a taskmaster and a field marshall, not a visionary. But I enjoyed 10,000 B.C. more and more, and more than just about anything Emmerich’s done before.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Violent, poorly conceived prehistoric action.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this special effects-heavy action-adventure features lots of violent scenes that pit prehistoric tribesmen against large fierce animals and each other (sometimes in massive armies). Action scenes include hunts, chases, and fights; weapons include mallets, spears, nets, and huge knives (sometimes used to bloody effect). Several key characters are killed. There's also some minor cleavage and some questionable stereotyping.

  • Families can discuss the film's accuracy. How much do we know about prehistoric life? How do you think the filmmakers decided on their version of the past? What parts do you think were sensationalized or fictionalized for impact? How could you find out more about the facts about this time in history if you wanted to? Families can also discuss whether they think the film plays on racial stereotypes. What parts of the movie might back up that theory? Does the movie rely on any other clichés? If so, what?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Some racial/ethnic stereotyping seems to be at play -- the mostly light-skinned Yagahl tribe members are noble victims, while the darker-skinned warlords are brutal and the darkest-skinned Naku (and similar tribes) are eager to be led into combat and salvation.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Hunting scenes show tribesmen chasing, spearing, and throwing nets on mammoths. Humans also do battle with giant birds and show fear before a saber-toothed tiger. Fights among men include hitting, kicking, and weapons (mallets, spears, arrows, knives), sometimes resulting in bloody cuts and bruises. Loud, fast chase scenes; combat scenes involving massive armies. Brutal violence against slaves (they're dragged, shackled, tied up, whipped, bloodied, and thrown off of tall pyramids (body with broken back is visible). So-called "warlords" attack a village, killing innocents, burning huts, and taking prisoners. A young boy sees his mother killed (a knife through her back), and he cries. A boy is slapped hard and stepped on by a slavemaster. Key characters are mortally wounded, leaving their comrades very sad and sometimes vengeful.

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    Sex: Repeated flirtations between D'Leh and Evolet (as children and as adults); a warlord shows special interest in Evolet, finally approaching her with intent to "have" her. Evolet shows cleavage in some costumes.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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