“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” Review Round-Up: A Passionate, Fun-Loving Fantasy Romp
Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had a tall order when they set out to adapt the most beloved role-playing game of all time into a proper feature film. The pair’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, from a script they wrote alongside Michael Gilio (with a story credit to Chris McKay), has passed its first major hurdle—critics are calling it a genuinely warm, affable, charismatic fantasy romp with fantastic performances and genuinely compelling action set pieces.
Honor Among Thieves stars Chris Pine as Edgin, a rakish fellow who forms a team with Regé-Jean Page’s Xenx, Justice Smith’s Simon, and Michelle Rodriguez’s Holga to sally forth on an adventure to right some wrongs in their past.
Those wrongs have to do with a lost relic that they let slip into the hands of some very bad folks, but in order to survive, our merry band needs to learn to rely on each other and lean into the specific skill sets each possesses. Some of those skills are useful (like Holga’s fighting ability), and some, like Edgin’s wit, will at least offer a distraction as they court death again and again.
So what are the critics saying? Let’s take a spoiler-free stroll through some of their responses. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is in theaters now.
The sincerity of “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” recalls a bygone blockbuster era when heroes weren’t afraid to take themselves a little seriously, @davidlsims writes:https://t.co/XACft4KIBL
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) March 28, 2023
‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ is a welcome addition to the fantasy landscape — and it’s not just for nerds. Read EW’s review. https://t.co/BL4T0SNKZr
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 29, 2023
🎬 “Pine is a blast, Rodriguez a deadpan revelation, and the film has the kind of easygoing, self-satirising charm not seen since the heyday of comical fantasy meta-yarn The Princess Bride” | ✍️ @KevinTMaherhttps://t.co/wKWnvAuWca
— Times Culture (@timesculture) March 30, 2023
Three reasons to read my DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES review:
1. I loved the film
2. My review is funny (I hope)
3. I definitively rule on the Best Chris™️https://t.co/HUjHg5Lhbl
— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) March 29, 2023
Will @DnDMovie become a blockbuster? Put it this way: All of my long-standing D&D gaming pals have already bought tickets.
My review of “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” for @washingtonpost https://t.co/SKa3GHx3gf
— Olivia McCormack (@finalformolivia) March 30, 2023
Shake your polyhedral dice. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: HONOUR AMONG THIEVES is an absolute delight. https://t.co/PuhNOSd5Dl
— 🥃Donald Clarke🎥 (@DonaldClarke63) March 30, 2023
I am not a Dungeons & Dragons dork by any means (I’m a different sort of dork) but I still had a very good time at D&D: Honor Among Thieves. https://t.co/6cSJbbyMcC
— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) March 29, 2023
It makes its charisma saving throw.
It casts Charm Audience.
It’s chaotic, good. https://t.co/w693ViTznW
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) March 31, 2023
WOW! The Dungeons & Dragons movie is actually really REALLY GOOD! Go out and SEE IT! Filming Movie Review!
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) March 30, 2023
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Review: The Biggest Surprise of the Year. #DnDMovie #DungeonsAndDragonsMovie https://t.co/Gdh7eavrwD via @weliveentmt
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) March 30, 2023
Guys… I LOVED Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Full of adventure, humor and heart – It’s the perfect movie theater experience! #DungeonsAndDragonsMovie Watch my Review below…. pic.twitter.com/PZh4zymKfM
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) March 30, 2023
This week’s big movie is “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” a rousing and funny fantasy action comedy based on the role-playing game. Great cast — led by Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Hugh Grant — carries the load effortlessly. (Theaters.)https://t.co/fgHmj4z2On
— Sean P. Means (@SeanPMeans) March 31, 2023
I went into #DnDMovie with measured expectations, and proceeded to be thoroughly won over by its characters and how much care clearly went into capturing the spirit of the game. My review for @Collider: https://t.co/CgB94uhy68
— Carly Lane-Perry (@carlylane) March 27, 2023
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Featured image: Justice Smith plays Simon, Sophia Lillis plays Doric, Chris Pine plays Edgin and Michelle Rodriguez plays Holga in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves from Paramount Pictures.