'Eragon' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   12 reviews
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  • Gregory Kirschling Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Give Eragon a few years: By then, it might be delightfully bad.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The film's few moments of hilarity are no less welcome for being completely unintended...
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    John Malkovich finds his loopy, nostril-flaring form as the wicked tyrant and Jeremy Irons, playing the boy's wise mentor, is visibly thinking about his fee.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    It's a pleasant enough fantastical adventure, but it does feel naggingly derivative.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Too bad the acting is so lame, the story so derivative and the thing so long.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The mess that's been made with all this money is maddening. This isn't economical moviemaking. It's a deluxe trailer for "Eragon 2."
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    38
    Paolini was 15 when he began writing Eragon, and the book's epic imagination reflects its creator's precocious youth. What a shame a bunch of grownups had to step in and muck it all up.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The film is the directorial debut of Stefen Fangmeier, a special-effects wizard of renown, and looks it -- i.e. magically and sumptuously detailed.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    In truth, astute viewers may note a more-than-passing resemblance to Star Wars...
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    There are lots of recycled movie lines, as ageless and hard to kill as a dragon: You are brave, but foolish ... Murder them all, but the boy is mine ... Most dragon riders take years to learn what you know by instinct. Etc., etc.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Eragon has the courage of its earnest, borderline-humorless convictions.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    First-time director Stefen Fangmeier delivers, giving young adults a teen hero astride a flying dragon (voice of Rachel Weisz) and a comely girl warrior, Arya (Sienna Guillory), who, like Luke and Leia, join forces and wits to bring down the evil empire.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    A sword-and-sorcery tale told without the slightest whiff of screen magic.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    The characters are full-on cliches spouting wooden lines, given no time to develop as the film races from one silly conflict to another.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    The title of Hollywood's latest fantasy epic is simply the word 'dragon' with one letter changed, and unfortunately, that's about the level of creativity you can expect from Eragon.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Appropriating all the external trappings of big-budget fantasy but none of the requisite soul, this leaden epic never soars like the CG-rendered fire-breather at the core of its derivative mythology.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The script, which reaches for importance by repeating ideas, drags down the actors, who try to do the same thing by throwing periods into the middle of a sentence: "Take care of Saphira. Without her. You'll find that life is hardly worth living."
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    The experienced actors (Irons, Malkovich, Carlyle, Hounsou, and Sienna Guillory) earn the big bucks just for keeping a straight face.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    ...So heavily derivative of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings it should be ritually torched by followers of Yoda and Frodo.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    ...Lord of the Potter better captures the blended spirit of the occasion.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    Why has 20th Century Fox released this embarrassment - whose quality would be dubious for a direct-to-video release - into theaters?
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    It is a world without much texture or depth. Heroes, villains, magic, love, honor and destiny abound, but there is little complexity in the social, cultural or political shape of this world.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Bland pretty boy Speleers is overshadowed by his dragon and human co-stars, with Irons especially impressive despite some very silly dialogue.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Alex Chun Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    20
    ...Takes an already derivative plot and guts it like so many Urgals.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Saxon Bullock Film4
    Kids too young for Lord Of The Rings may be distracted by this below average fantasy, but for everyone else this is derivative and silly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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