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Eragon Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

For some audiences, watching a dragon grow from babyhood to fire-breathing giant will make "Eragon" worth the price of a ticket.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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With no momentum and no real characters to care about, [Eragon] lumbers its way toward a grand, sequel-setting finale.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

December 17, 2006
Eric D. Snider

If you took all the dragon-centered movies ever made, and counted the good ones on your fingers, I bet you'd still have enough fingers left over to flip off Eragon as you walked laughing from the theater.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

December 17, 2006
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Like a super-condensed version of Lord of the Rings as made for the Disney Channel. The baffling story sometimes makes you think the Comedy Channel might have lent a hand as well.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 17, 2006
David Bezanson

just too derivative to take seriously

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2006
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

It's a large-scale fantasy that plays like a rerun... Paolini began his novel when he was 15, and the simplicity of 'Eragon'... might bring back memories of high school writing workshops.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2006
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

What isn't stolen from Star Wars in this adaptation of Christopher Paolini's best-seller was cribbed from The Lord of the Rings.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2006
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

The strength comes from the 15-year-old author's conviction and enthusiasm for the story but the weakeness comes from its key elements being renamed rather then re-imagined.

| Original Score: B-

December 15, 2006
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Its formula is so vanilla that it could be an early draft of almost any other science fiction or fantasy story.

Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Rebecca Murray

This big budget fantasy flick might bore audience members over the age of 10 right out of their minds.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

December 15, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

First-time director Stefen Fangmeier is a longtime Industrial Light and Magic veteran, so it's no surprise that the effects are state-of-the-art...

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 15, 2006
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune

Been to that galaxy, done that ring.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

many of the elements are boringly derivative: Malkovich's creepy and menacing castle looks like it was picked up at a "Lord of the Rings" clearance sale.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: C

December 15, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Praise must be given to the most effective dragon yet brought to celluloid. She's more believable than most of the humans in the film.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 5/10

December 15, 2006
James Berardinelli
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Why has 20th Century Fox released this embarrassment - whose quality would be dubious for a direct-to-video release - into theaters?

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 15, 2006
Pam Grady

...As escapist entertainment Eragon fills the bill-as long as no one expects too much.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2006
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

I left Eragon feeling like I'd just watched a Renaissance Faire stage its own production of "Star Wars."

December 15, 2006
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