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Eragon (2006)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 104

Written by a teenager (and it shows), Eragon presents nothing new to the "hero's journey" story archetype. In movie terms, this movie looks and sounds like Lord of the Rings and plays out like a bad Star Wars rip-off. The movie spins the tale of a peasant boy who is suddenly entrusted with a dragon and must, with the help of a mentor, train, grow strong, and defeat an evil emperor. The way the critics picture it, the makers of Eragon should soon be expecting an annoyed phone call from George Lucas.

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 29

Written by a teenager (and it shows), Eragon presents nothing new to the "hero's journey" story archetype. In movie terms, this movie looks and sounds like Lord of the Rings and plays out like a bad Star Wars rip-off. The movie spins the tale of a peasant boy who is suddenly entrusted with a dragon and must, with the help of a mentor, train, grow strong, and defeat an evil emperor. The way the critics picture it, the makers of Eragon should soon be expecting an annoyed phone call from George Lucas.

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Industrial Light and Magic special-effects wizard Stefen Fangmeier makes the leap into the director's chair with this coming-of-age fantasy concerning a young boy whose discovery of a mysterious dragon egg leads him on a predestined journey to become a Dragon Rider and defend his peaceful world against an evil king. Based on the best-selling novel by Christopher Paolini, Eragon tells the tale of the titular character (Ed Speleers), a humble farm boy living in the land of Alagaësia, whose life is

Mar 20, 2007

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All Critics (130) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (104) | DVD (25)

Give Eragon a few years: By then, it might be delightfully bad.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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A painful reminder of what fantasy cinema was like before the Lord of the Rings trilogy re-wrote the rules.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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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.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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With no momentum and no real characters to care about, [Eragon] lumbers its way toward a grand, sequel-setting finale.

December 17, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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...So heavily derivative of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings it should be ritually torched by followers of Yoda and Frodo.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (5)
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Eragon may not be a big Oscar contender, but in a movie season filled with blood diamonds, fascist soldiers and Idi Amin, it provides a much-needed afternoon of PG-rated family-friendly adventure.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (4)
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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.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

Regardless of your feelings about the fantasy genre, there's one thing everyone can agree on: Elves should not be 5-foot-6.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper | Comments (11)
Washington City Paper

As my companion dourly noted, "I just paid $30.00 to see Star Wars." (And yes, that's matinee pricing and all I had was a water.) But wow, great effects, seriously.

September 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Tolkien lite.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comment (1)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The viewer is not transported to the magical, complex and elaborate kingdom of Alagaësia of the book, but rather is merely observing action scene followed by action scene.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net | Comments (2)
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Director Stefan Fangmeier would have been better off following the cliff-hanging, lucidly written action scenes by [Christopher] Paolini.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

While it offers nothing new, it gets a passing grade because it does have some interesting characters, brought to life by some top-notch acting talent.

January 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

At a recent screening of 'Eragon,' a woman lamented, 'It's like a teenage guy wrote this.' She was right.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (3)
eFilmCritic.com

We can only hope the next instalment will have a little more fire in its belly.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

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.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)
Guardian

An enjoyably bad movie.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

The effects are impressive but the script, acting and direction are desperately dull.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It's a bonanza for the tinted contact lens industry.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

This tale of dragons and derring-do risks sending kids and grownups alike drifting away to the Land Of Nod.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Often warm and ultimately uplifting, the fantasy delivers entertaining fare for the entire family.

December 30, 2006 | Comments (2)
Palo Alto Weekly

If one happens to be a boy between the ages of 10 and 15 or so, all of this will be quite exciting and engaging. If one is much older -- say, 16 -- and has seen any epic adventure produced in the last two decades, Eragon will be trying.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Laughably bad, mind-bogglingly derivative, and easily one of the worst movies of the year.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (3)
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Eragon

"I've got a great idea for a new movie now hobbits and shit are in vogue!"
"Oh, yeah? What's it about?"
"Well there's this young farmboy see, and he lives with his uncle...let's call him Duke Styporker. He can be played by some characterless pretty boy with an English accent, like that Hayden Christensen dude! EVERYBODY liked him...am I right or am I right?!"
"Okaaaay...."
"He finds out one day that he's the chosen one to hang out with this dragon who speaks to him!"
"You mean like Dragonheart?"
"No, no...nothing like that! That had that cool, charismatic Scottish guy voicing it. We'll just get a Satnav to do it and make her communicate through thought so we don't have to make its lips move...that oughtta save us a few bucks!"
"I see..."
"Then he can meet up with an ageing mentor who used to be like him, who teaches him how to fight and use magic powers. We could call it The Horce or something! But there's this bad ass Emper...er I mean King who wants him dead, so he calls in his right hand man who used to be a good guy like Obi Wan Kebabi (just thinking off the top of my head here!) but turned to the dark side!"
"How did you get in here?"
"This bad guy, called, um Garth Nader, captures a feisty princess who Duke has to rescue with the help of an enigmatic, morally ambiguous mercenary who keeps appearing to save his ass at the last minute!!"
"Let me guess. Flan Polo?"
"Now we're cooking! What a team!"
"You ARE shitting me, right...?"
"So they rescue the princess but his old mentor is killed by Garth...bet you never saw that one coming! So they all get together to help the rebels fight the imperial forces in a big battle in a Keep built into a mountain side!!"
"Exactly like The Two Towers you mean..."
"Erm...ever heard of it..."
"SECURITY!"
August 8, 2011
garyX
xGary Xx

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I enjoy a good fantastical story but I had avoided this one due to the bad things I'd heard of it. However, I eventually thought I should still give it go and see for myself. Seriously though, I wish I'd listened to the naysayers now.
Young farmer Eragon (Ed Speleers) finds a dragon's egg, and teams up with the newborn dragon, Saphira (voiced by Rachel Weisz), a former Dragon Rider (Jeremy Irons) and a female Elf (Sienna Guillory) to tackle an evil king (John Malkovich) and his shady accomplice (Robert Carlyle).
Bad dialogue, bad acting, bad movie. If your going to release a fantasy film these days then make sure it has some mileage, as "The Lord of the Rings" has set a very high benchmark. This was also based on a series of books by Christopher Paolini but it's not even in the same league as some of the quality we've recently been spoiled with. Admittedly, I've never read the books, leaving me unsure as to how the adaptation should be but I do know this... the voice of the dragon was a bad move. It made no effort to even look like the dragon was communicating and just came across as cheap and insulting. Although some were impressed with the special effects, I didn't find them to be anything special. Speelers doesn't really cut it as the hero of the tale, lacking charisma and any form of acting ability and the rest of the cast seem perplexed. You get the impression from Irons and Malkovich that they know they've made a mistake with this one. The same goes for Carlyle but he still manages to deliver a decidedly nasty villian that's way above this nonsense. Normally a fantasy yarn has something to hold your interest - no matter how poor - but it just goes to show there are exceptions to that. This is one, and quite possibly the definitive to those exceptions.
The only positive that can be taken from this is that due to it's box-office and critical failure, we will probably be spared the adaptations to the rest of the series. A very bad film indeed and one that I'd rather rate with zero, but I'll through a half a star Robert Carlyle's way.
August 8, 2011
MrMarakai

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This rating is coming from the guy who liked Dungeons and Dragons. I HATED this film. In a sentence, it brutally murdered the Eragon book with a wooden stake. The plot is completely different from the book, as ar the characters, the acting is horrible and the special affects are horrible. I'd rather have a kids tv series on Eragon then this.

Let's start of with the acting. Wait. What acting? Exactly. Jeremy Irons did a fantastic job, clearly showing a change from his role in DnD, but even he couldn't save this movie. Ed Speleers (You are not an inch of Eragon), Sienna Guillroy and Garrett Hedlend were particulary horrible. They were all overracting so badly, it makes the HSM cast look good. But hey, they had a bad script, so give them credit.

The special affects were horrible too. The dragon is less realistic than the 1997 Godzilla and so is the demon/dragon/cloud whatever the hell Durza rides thing at the end.

But the worst thing about this movie? It is absolutley ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING like the movie. It doesn't mention the dwarves, it doesn;t mention the Urgals and replaces the Dwarf Lord with the fact that Durza rides this random thing that nobody knows about. And another thing, why did they kill of the Ra'zac so quickly? Did they do it because they knew this movie would suck so badly that they wouldn;t make a sequel.

Overrall this movie did nothing right. But hey, we can give it credit for something! It showed us how NOT to make a good fantasy movie.
May 4, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

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    1. Durza: When a rider dies, the last thing he hears are the agonising screams of his dying dragon!
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (2 years ago)
    1. Durza: I expected more.
    – Submitted by Zach W (2 years ago)
    1. King Galbatorix: I suffer without my stone. DO NOT... PROLONG... MY SUFFERING.
    – Submitted by Benjamin W (2 years ago)
    1. Eragon: [arguing with Saphira] I'm the rider, and I say we go!
    – Submitted by Ember S (3 years ago)
    1. Eragon: What's the word for tree?
    2. Brom: Tree is traevum.
    3. Eragon: ...And a branch?
    4. Brom: Kvistr.
    – Submitted by Timothy W (3 years ago)
    1. Murtagh: I'm Murtagh and you need me, Dragon Rider.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
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