Eragon Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 17, 2006
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
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 17, 2006
With no momentum and no real characters to care about, [Eragon] lumbers its way toward a grand, sequel-setting finale.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 17, 2006
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 | Original Score: C-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
December 17, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Bezanson
Filmcritic.com
December 17, 2006
just too derivative to take seriously
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 16, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 16, 2006
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 15, 2006
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-
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
December 15, 2006
Its formula is so vanilla that it could be an early draft of almost any other science fiction or fantasy story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
December 15, 2006
This big budget fantasy flick might bore audience members over the age of 10 right out of their minds.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 15, 2006
...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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 15, 2006
Been to that galaxy, done that ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: C
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 15, 2006
Why has 20th Century Fox released this embarrassment - whose quality would be dubious for a direct-to-video release - into theaters?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
December 15, 2006
...As escapist entertainment Eragon fills the bill-as long as no one expects too much.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2006
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
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 15, 2006
I left Eragon feeling like I'd just watched a Renaissance Faire stage its own production of "Star Wars."
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