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A special-effects laden medieval fantasy adventure, Dragonslayer centers on the attempts of a young sorcerer's apprentice to defeat a vicious dragon and save a lovely young maiden. Peter MacNicol stars as the young Galen, an aspiring magician under the tutelage of the aging Ulrich (Ralph Richardson). A nearby village turns to the pair for help when their leader begins proffering sacrifices of young virgins to satisfy a vicious dragon. The two immediately set out for battle, becoming even more determined when a courageous princess offers to sacrifice herself to the creature. Unfortunately,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This movie has two big things going for it -- the dragon and the man who masterminds its slaying."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Verges on the nasty for the nippers; sails close to déjà vu for fantasy fans; fated, probably, to damnation by faint praise."
‑ Paul Taylor, Time Out
"An innocent adventure that's technically slick and lacking in pretense, this film should provide a nice scare for kids, and maybe a few of the grown-ups too."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"This film has smoky atmosphere, medieval sets, and rugged terrain strange enough to suggest far-off mythic lands; moreover, its special effects are positively staggering."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"entertaining adventure"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The film excels as a visual exercise, as a study in adolescent psychology, and even as astute political analysis."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The scenes involving the dragon are first-rate. The beast is one of the meanest, ugliest, most reprehensible creatures I've ever seen in a film, and when it breathes flames it looks like it's really breathing flames."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It doesn't take itself too seriously and benefits from a good cast that includes Ralph Richardson and John Hallam. The effects aren't bad either."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Vintage fantasy epic is great, despite a too-graphic death."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Looked far better when released due to tech aspects."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A well intentioned fantasy with some wonderful special effects, Dragonslayer falls somewhat short on continuously intriguing adventure."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Robbins's overall accomplishment is one of creating a mood, and he does this well enough to make up for the film's occasional cumbersomeness."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An unknown treasure of a fantasy film and well worth a look for fans of the genre."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Saint George and the '80s"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"So-so dragon story with an amusing Ralph Richardson performance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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