Warcraft Movie Review Roundup

Warcraft comes out on June 10.

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Ahead of the film's release this week, reviews for Legendary's upcoming Warcraft movie have shown up online--and not everyone enjoyed it.

We've collected excerpts from some of the reviews here and will continue to update this post as new ones come online.

Warcraft was directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), who previously said he has plans for two further films. When the movie comes out in the US, we'll have a better idea of if the critical reviews have any impact on box office performance.

The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Robert Kazinsky, and Toby Kebbell. It hits theaters on June 10.

Head to GameSpot sister site Metacritic for a further breakdown of Warcraft's critical reception.

It's not the first video game movie this year and it won't be the last. Animated movies based on Ratchet & Clank and Angry Birds came out earlier this year, while Assassin's Creed opens in December.

  • Film: Warcraft
  • Distributor: Universal
  • Release Date: June 10
  • Rating: PG-13

GameSpot

"Warcraft is crafted for the enjoyment of its video game fans. The Warcraft universe serves as more than just tacked-on references in this fantasy film, it is the heart of its story, characters, and cinematic style. It is unfortunate that despite its faithful recreation of the game, several solid weaknesses prevent it from being a well-rounded film. Still, there are plenty of moments for Warcraft fans to geek out over. And if the ending is anything to go by, there may be many more of these to come, for better or worse." -- Zorine Te [Full review]

CNET

"Warcraft lacks that special something. The lore from the franchise is so rich, brought to life in the games by such fine narrative detailing, that it's impossible to look at the film as anything other than a letdown." -- Aloysius Low [Full review]

Kotaku

"Rather than tapping into the goofy core that makes a game like World of Warcraft interesting, the Warcraft movie aims for grittiness, missing the mark quite a bit. It just doesn't work. The lore is too campy. This is a world where a mage's most popular spell transforms his enemies into sheep, yet Warcraft acts as if it's a green-screen version of Game of Thrones. At my theater, the biggest laughs came not from the occasional bouts of slapstick comedy but from the miserable archmages of Dalaran, whose CGI-enhanced eyes look especially absurd when you're supposed to take them seriously." -- Jason Schreier [Full review]

The Wrap

"Critics throw the term 'soulless corporate filmmaking' around with abandon, but movies like Warcraft really manage to redefine the term. A film adaptation of the hugely popular MMORPG (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) World of Warcraft, this latest video game adaptation ranks near the bottom of the deadly genre. Imagine Battlefield Earth without the verve, or the unintentional comedy, and you've got Warcraft." -- Alonso Duralde [Full review]

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Variety

"Hollywood's habit of turning hit video games into unwatchable movies continues unabated. The epic battle at the center of Warcraft isn't the clash between humans and orcs. That's just what takes up roughly two hours of screen time. The true conflict comes from filmmakers trying to tell a story with soul and struggling against the inherent ridiculousness of the commodity they're working with. It shouldn't take a mage to foresee that this pricey and preposterous adaptation of an online gaming phenomenon was preordained for artistic mediocrity." -- Geoff Berkshire [Full review]

The Hollywood Reporter

"If you haven’t already invested in the self-serious mythology, it can feel borderline camp, if not downright dull--or both, as when an uncredited Glenn Close intones platitudes from on high about darkness and light. Yet there’s no question that it’s a breakthrough in both storytelling and artistry for features based on video games. And compared with another medieval-ish tale, the soporific Hobbit trilogy, this international production is a fleet and nimble ride, likely to conquer overseas box offices and make a solid stand stateside." -- Sheri Linden [Full review]

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I went to see it because I have been playing Warcraft for so long, even tho I stopped playing WoW 4 years ago. I thought I was going to be thoroughly disappointed, but it turned out not to be so bad. Yes it could have been better, but for what it was it was actually quite a good movie. The plot can get lost in the story if you're not familiar with Warcraft, but that's understandable Warcraft has too many plots to tell. 8/10 for me. Looking forwards to Warcraft The movie 2.

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The critics are absolutely right. The movie is complete garbage. Even the quality CGI couldn't save it. The movie was naive enough to think a strong story and character development wouldn't be important.

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@Lightposte:No. Nooooo. Don't ignore the critics. I've seen the movie for myself, and I can honestly tell you the critics are right this time. The movie is a crap fest of wasted potential, that's me being nice about it. I understood every second of the movie too. I've been a Warcraft and WoW fan, especially of the lore, since the 90s. I even have books and the comics made about Warcraft.

People who don't know the lore won't like the movie, but what's worse is that people like me who do know the lore don't like it either. You haven't been paying attention if you think every Blizzard fan likes the movie, but there are plenty that don't.

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If there's something you have to ignore, it's definitely not this movie, but rather most of the critic reviews. The latter somewhat affects the viewers' subconscious;

"Oh, it's your typical human warrior character. Can't they think of something interesting?"

"Hmm, they did go for it and gave those barbaric-looking creatures a contrasting side in their personality - such as cheesy idea."

"Meh, they're tried hard to make that character relatable, it's disgusting. He/She now annoys me every time he/she is onscreen."

"The 3D sceneries look too beautiful making it look fake!"

"Blah blah blah."

I'm not saying this movie has lots of cliches. It's just that that kind of critic mindset makes an idea annoying for a viewers' mind when it could've been welcoming prior to finding out about the critics' opinions. Making movie goers look for something that isn't what the movie is giving them.

I mean, why can't something in movies be what it is instead of something that hasn't been done before?

My parents watched it with us, knowing nothing about the game. And when the film was finished, we all had smiles in our faces because of how surprisingly enjoyable the movie was. The pacing was fast enough and the events that unfold are intriguing. It's probably the only movie so far that gave me a reason to temporarily avert my attention to something else.

We all eagerly wait for the sequel!

My only gripes about the film is that there are stuff I wished that lasted longer/carried over to the next film and it's disappointing that it won't be so. There was a cringe-y moment for me but thankfully, it was forgettable.

Oh, and also avoid those "Warcraft fans" that has a very different definition of "loose adaptation" in mind, complaining why the lore barely resembles that in the game, etc.

To cut things short, this movie is highly entertaining and is worth your money ask your friends and family to give it a go!

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I loved it. Goosebumps through the whole thing. tears a few times. Quality movie... no, but if you immerse yourselve in the lore of WoW its a lovable film/

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@Gojomez: very nice movie did you know it made $306,890,990 worldwide the movie now in the USA at no2 here in the UK no1 at the cinemas (the critic have made a fool of them self's saying it not going to do well)

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I watched it today, I was a bit bored by it. It was ok. 6/10 fair.

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**** the critics, trust the score on IMDB.

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F you kotaku. WoW ruined warcraft. IMO the lore was at it's best before it was campy and absurd. Because it had compelling storylines and characters instead of just being pop culture jokes/references. Go back and play warcraft 1-3 and tell me that WoW is more interesting.

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Bored out of my mind during the movie. And i played this game like a madman for 4 years. I think it'd have been better if they have made it full cgi, like final fantasy movie. A lot of actors dont fit the character like ben foster for medihv? He doesnt fit the character at all, and khadgar looks like some random college kid who attended a few acting classes. But most importantly boring conversations, boring plotline. They needed a proper writer for this. But blizzard has their own fanbase, anyone who played the game will check the movie out and because of that, they'll think it was a success just like diablo 3 was. I'm buying the d4 before i see youtube gameplays/reviews satisfy me. Glad i didnt actually watch this in theater.

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@Fistan87: Agreed.

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@Fistan87: it was a success it top of all cinemas charts and made $306 million dollars to date you are wrong USA at no2 and UK no1 in the cinema charts right now

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@pandy1234: So do you go to this movie because you knew it was good or did you go because you've been excited about it? WoW has a huge player base For example i quit the game mid-Wotlk cause it started to turn crap, yet even i looked at the movie. If you are a fan of a franchise you want to experience it, that explains the numbers despite movie being crap. Same idea with the whole diablo 3 situation, me and alot of my friends were hardcore d2 players, all of us bought d3, and quit playin within a month some of us within couple days. Yet it had huge sales numbers.

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Saw it last night, and really enjoyed it! The CGI is amazing throughout and the story is decent. They did pace it very quickly and did a bunch of game cameos. I have a feeling if Duncan's original 2h 40min cut was released it wouldn't have felt as fast paced. The action scenes were well designed and most of the time the real actors blended very well with the CGI. I will say the acting was a bit stiff in the beginning but seemed to get better farther into the film. Lothar was very solid all the way through, and Garona was hit or miss. Khadgar was prob the worst actor out of the main group and most of the other bad acting came from small roles. This did def not receive the reviews it got though. More than likely there will be a sequel as it will turn a profit for sure, and will pretty much cover budget just from opening week in China. If you look on Metacritic its getting like 8.7/10 user reviews, 82% on Rotten and 7.9/10 over 45k votes on IMDB. Don't let the critics keep you away, very solid entertaining movie.

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Excluding Gamespot's excerpt, I think the CNET and Kotaku excerpts are the most alarming. They sound like the only two reviewers that are even moderately familiar with games and their lore, and they both sound disappointed.

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I have even seen critics basically say the only people who will be watching this move live in there parents basement. Among other immensely ignorant comments about gamers. I thought that stuff was in the past, but a lot of critics hate this movie because its not LOTR basically, and video games are for kids or losers.

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@theshorterbus: don't listen to critics they do not know our taste. Besides some of those guys in their reviews sound like they suck a lemon every day like they live really sour lives

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I love all the references to World of Warcraft when its actually just "Warcraft". As in the original game. Not the MMORPG. There were games, comics and books out about Warcraft before even World of Warcraft stole the spotlight. So much lore. It has potential.

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HAHAHA you know critics are idiots when they keep referring to this as a World of Warcraft movie.........

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@fonsicastrol: The critics got the titled confused. It doesn't mean they got their review of the shit movie wrong.

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@fonsicastrol:

The only one that sounds like an idiot is you. Who uses such a petty detail as a way to feel better about themselves?

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@sirgreendown: Exactly. Thanks for putting Fonsi in his place, SirGreendown.

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@sirgreendown: what?! you high bro? I hope so, otherwise you are just as moronic as those critics, peace

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@fonsicastrol:

My bad. I mistook you for a non-mentally challenged adult.

Peace out.

Or in your native tongue: Duurr hurrr deee deee deeeeee.

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the movie was good... not great, but good. definitely entertaining, if not on the same scale as say a captain america sequel.

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they never learn.

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I knew there would be critics out there looking for that WoW (game) moment, and some looking to compare it to LoTR...

I personally don't think blizz was making this movie to please more that the fans of the Warcraft series.. Yes they might want to get new fans with this but i walked out saying to myself, fans of the series will like it and more than likely non fans won't..

If they turn this into a trilogy it would be cool if they end it at the Arthas death..

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@slypher9: Wrong. I am a fan of the Warcraft and WoW series. I don't like the movie. It's a joke. CGI is laughable, along with the sorry excuses for a story and characters.

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@slypher9: I would have thought the opposite. Im a non fan and I did enjoy it, and seeing all the moaning around the internet I couldnt help but wonder if the reason I liked it was because I want a fan?

Its not a perfect movie by any stretch, the editing is shocking in parts. I can only assume an extended cut will sort this out. The movie also focused far too much on setting up future movies. I dont mind a little set up, but this played like a tv show pilot with its plot line set ups.

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Friends don't let friends make movies about video games.

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@dmblum1799: Agreed. Fucking horrible idea.

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I thought it was pretty fantastic. Just go and enjoy it for what it is, and don't worry about what some over-serious twat of a film reviewer thinks about it.

Everything doesn't have to be Oscar-fare.

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@bergmann620:
"Everything doesn't have to be Oscar-fare."
You just admitted yourself that the movie is a disappointment LOL. If you think Warcraft is a fantastic movie, then you have extremely low standards for entertainment, as in special needs low.

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@wiser: Why? Are you such a weak person that you need others' approval for the things you like?

And, yea, I have fairly low standards for entertainment. It's entertainment, not something I need to signal so as to define myself as a person with.

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@bergmann620: I agree with you and i don't at the same time. Movies this days are too expensive for you to go to a movie theater to watch a good movie and end up watching a peace of crap and trowing you 14 to 16 bucks away. Movie reviews can sometime help you and other times not help you. I have been a victim of a few really bad movies this year and to be honest i for the most part never rely on movie reviews but sometimes i read movie reviews and it has work those few times that i read the reviews.

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@angrycreep: Yea, my local theater is $10. We almost never do 3D. I host a gamer meet-up, so I buy like 10-15 tickets pre-sale, then I post the meet-up, and whoever wants to go, we get dinner and then see the movie as a big group.

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@angrycreep: 16 bucks?! where do you go to watch movies?

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@fonsicastrol: 3D movies braniac, they usually charge you that to see a 3D movie. The 3D one is usually some 2 or 3 bucks more. it varies from theater to theater, some charge 15 others 16

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@fonsicastrol: It's more of a matter of principle to me, I wouldn't give my money away to a movie that isn't worth my money so the lazy filmmakers and actors can make a profit.

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@fonsicastrol: its closer to 17$ for me, i live in Canada. 13$ if I see regular non imax

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@theshorterbus: In Sweden it costs 125 kr, which is 15 dollars. I donated blood and got a movie ticket in return. During the summer they give out movie tickets, because less people than usual donate blood and more people than usual need it. I went and used that ticket to watch Warcraft, because I knew it would be fun, but not something where I would think that the movie deserved that high a price.

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@theshorterbus: Wow, I hardly pay $7 for non imax and $15 for imax, probably not the same screen quality tho

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@angrycreep: so what have you learned from the experience ?

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@t1000_v2: Have i learned from my experience? Judging a good or bad movie is never something you can learn unless you really trust critics and their movie reviews that's one way to avoid watching a bad movie? I saw Batman Vs Superman and i thought that it was an awful movie. I didn't go to see that movie based on movie reviews i went to see it because i'm a fan of comic movies and i thought that it will be a good movie but it didn't turn out that way.

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I see all the studio plants are out in full in the comments section. Terrible movie.

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@d-man: Agreed. Blizzard should have spent the movie money to hire voice actors, more programmers, and better writers for their games. That would have made me happy. This movie was a waste of time.

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@d-man: And so are the trolls it seems. Wasnt a perfect movie by any stretch, but terrible? Sorry, no.

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@EcksTheory: What is a perfect movie these days? nobody is happy about anything nowadays, people always find something to whine about, take Mad Max for example, that movie was damn perfect to me, but still people said Max was a secondary character, the plot was moronic etc......The thing about perfection is that is unknowable, it's right in front of us the whole time yet we cannot see it....that's why I enjoy everything the film makers give

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@d-man: Yea, I'm sure it's more likely that a studio would pay people to comment on a gaming site rather than Rotten Tomatoes or somewhere like that.

Maybe it's just easier to watch a movie when you don't have a stick up your ass.

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@bergmann620: Awww. Little Bergmann baby has a stick stuck up his ass because he's not getting his way and people don't like the same shit movies he does. Daww. Somebody get him his pacifier. He is about to cry again.

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