Eagle vs Shark Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 7, 2007
The only way this movie might work would be as a sad portrait of mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 15, 2007
It becomes increasingly difficult to care one way or another about characters who act like they have undergone frontal lobotomies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 6, 2007
I think this film was already made, and it was called Napoleon Dynamite.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 5, 2007
Long story short: Although I didn't care for Eagle vs. Shark, I'd be eager to see whatever [director] Cohen makes next.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 10, 2007
Eagle vs. Shark is nothing more and nothing less than a romantic, New Zealand variant of Napoleon Dynamite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 15, 2007
Eagle vs Shark is self-consciously odd and only wants to hold up its protagonists as objects of derision.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 23, 2008
As likeable as the movie was, I just didn't find it as funny as I thought I would.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 3, 2007
Jarrod and Horsley, odd as they are as screen subjects, undeniably make an indelible impression, but result is still innocuously mild and inconsequential.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
A romantic comedy where one of the participants treats the other like crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 22, 2007
Sorely lacks is a genuine sense of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 6, 2007
Eagle vs. Shark might have seemed amusingly original, albeit in a self-consciously quirky, indie-movie kind of way, if Napoleon Dynamite didn't already exist.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 19, 2007
Though the result is desperately trendy, it's also seriously short on innovation, coasting mostly on the fumes of previous, and better, indie-fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 17, 2007
The film wants to be your cuddly, quirky friend, and makes you feel bad for not returning the affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
June 21, 2007
Neither human nor beast will find this amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2007
A disturbing film trying to diguise itself as a quirky romantic comedy. There are indeed some laugh-out-loud moments; unfortunately most of the laughs are aimed at -- not with -- the misfits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 21, 2007
It becomes apparent early on that excessive teenage eccentricity and terminal self-delusion isn't quite as cute in the adult male and absent father.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 23, 2007
...a perfect example of manufactured tweeness, a film desperate to be quirky and offbeat but which just doesn't get it...
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 21, 2007
A paean film to lonely misfits that follows along the same tracks as "Napoleon Dynamite," and relies entirely on being a charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 8, 2008
...mostly tedious and depressing, its eighty-eight minutes going by in about eight hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 14, 2007
Cringe-inducing comedy by New Zealander Taika Waititi more or less exemplifies the divide currently dictating taste in movie comedy, a schism reducible to a single question: Do you want to laugh with people, or at them?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 21, 2007
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