...a florid, convoluted historical drama...
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
Beyond the lugubrious pageantry, there is no sign of emotional or spiritual life in the film, only windy posturing.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
There Be Dragons certainly looks lavish, from the battle scenes to the beautiful period costuming, but it's so stilted and humorless that it's almost campy.
—Allison Willmore Onion AV Club
...hamstrung by a decades-spanning, bifurcated narrative...
—Bill Weber Slant Magazine