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Eagle vs. Shark (2007)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 49

Though there are frequent moments of wit and mordant humor, Eagle vs Shark needs more to distinguish itself from other precious, Napoleon Dynamite-ish comedies.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 18

Though there are frequent moments of wit and mordant humor, Eagle vs Shark needs more to distinguish itself from other precious, Napoleon Dynamite-ish comedies.



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"Eagle vs. Shark" is a wry comedy that chronicles the quirky romance of two awkward misfits, Lily a shy fast-food restaurant cashier, and her crush, Jarrod, an electronic store clerk. On the day Lily gets fired from her job at Meaty Boy, she musters up the courage to attend Jarrod's annual "come as your favorite animal" costume party. The dressy affair sparks the beginnings of a romance as well as a small journey for the pair to Jarrod's quiet hometown, in which Jarrod plans to seek revenge on



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Jan 8, 2008


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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (49) | DVD (11)

Daft, sweet, awkward and amusingly rude.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The movie's idea of funny is giving the two lovers identical moles bordering their upper lips.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Eagle vs. Shark feels like a low-budget, foreign cousin to Napolean Dynamite, less polished and sly. But it's definitely in the same family, lulling us into friendly acceptance with its persuasively silly rhythm and deceptively big heart.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Yes, the nerdy loser thing has been done to death, but writer-director Taika Cohen brings surprising depth to this film...Napoleon Dynamite dreams of being this movie.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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So the only real argument I can make for Eagle vs. Shark, a stupid-absurdist comedy from New Zealand, is that I laughed a lot, often despite myself, and that while I might not be able to wholly justify it, I can mount a questionable defense.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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I think this film was already made, and it was called Napoleon Dynamite.

July 6, 2007 | Comment (1)
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As likeable as the movie was, I just didn't find it as funny as I thought I would.

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source:

The strength of Eagle vs Shark lies in its unconventional story with unconventional leads.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

As stylistically and thematically quirky as one might've anticipated...

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Off-planet strangeness with a captivation factor.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Romantic comedy about two lonely people who find each other while orbiting on the outer fringes of society reminded me of 'Napoleon Dynamite.'

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

...mostly tedious and depressing, its eighty-eight minutes going by in about eight hours.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

a fun little quirky movie but to similar to another curtain quirky movie..

January 6, 2008

A hit and miss little film with a forced sense of eccentricity that falls flat, but is otherwise saved by hilarious one-liners...

December 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A paean film to lonely misfits that follows along the same tracks as "Napoleon Dynamite," and relies entirely on being a charmer.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Geek-love rom-com from New Zealand has bite.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A romantic comedy where one of the participants treats the other like crap.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy


August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The genius of this film is the way it keeps us laughing at the eccentricities while also challenging us to find a positive way to move forward with our lives.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

If you're going to make fun of awkward chavs, even with the best will in the world, you have to avoid simply laughing at them.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

From the seemingly helpless geriatric who gets up to push his own wheelchair to the genial brother who constantly mimics movie stars, however, Taika Cohen's film seems nothing so much as Little Britain Down Under.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

The film wants to be your cuddly, quirky friend, and makes you feel bad for not returning the affection.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

Lead couple Lily (Loren Horsley) and Jarrod (Jemaine Clement) are such unoriginal, checklist misfits that there's little about them to celebrate or even stomach.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Eagle vs Shark lays on the whimsy with a trowel, almost smothering the real talent of an endearing cast. Provincial New Zealand.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times | Comment (1)
Financial Times

You don't have to be a schoolyard bully to find yourself longing to administer swift, vicious wedgies to the nerdish inhabitants of this kitsch Kiwi excursion.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Eagle vs Shark is a quirky New Zealand comedy which unravels with rather less off-beat joie de vivre than Napoleon Dynamite did.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Eagle vs. Shark

A terminally shy burger joint cashier thinks she has found her perfect boyfriend in socially inept videogame store clerk Jarrod, who is desperately trying to escape the shadow of his over-achieving dead brother in ever more unfortunate ways. Eagle Vs. Shark, as I'm sure you can tell from the DVD cover, is one of those kooky indie comedies that desperately tries to do rom-com in an "unconventional" way. Of course, all the genre has done is create a brand new set of conventions and this film ticks all the appropriate boxes. It does have a more easy-going charm to it than many of its type, possibly because of the antipodean mentality and Lily is a very difficult character to fail to warm to. The presence of Jemaine Clement from Flight Of The Conchords will be the film's main draw, but anyone expecting a carbon copy of the cult show will be disappointed. Its more a Kiwi Napoleon Dynamite homage that gently mocks the "alpha male" mentality and although hardly hilarious, it is always gently amusing and would make a fine date movie for Guardian readers.
July 17, 2012
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Funny and very, very sweet! Sort of a Romeo & Juliet for nerds (like me!)
May 26, 2010
Randy Tippy

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A sweet, touching and very funny film. Jemaine Clement plays the nerd with issues really well but Loren Horsley really steals the show as Lily. Highly recommended.
October 1, 2009

Super Reviewer

I suppose love is blind. I don't see what Lily sees in Jarrod - to me, he is crazy whereas Lily is just awkward. But the movie is engaging. I find I was hoping they could make a go of it by the end.
September 29, 2009

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