Eragon

Eragon

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Eragon Reviews

Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Give Eragon a few years: By then, it might be delightfully bad.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 3, 2007
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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A painful reminder of what fantasy cinema was like before the Lord of the Rings trilogy re-wrote the rules.

Full Review Source: Time Out

December 30, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 30, 2006
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 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
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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The experienced actors (Irons, Malkovich, Carlyle, Hounsou, and Sienna Guillory) earn the big bucks just for keeping a straight face.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

December 15, 2006
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The film's few moments of hilarity are no less welcome for being completely unintended...

| Original Score: 2/5

December 15, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The script, which reaches for importance by repeating ideas, drags down the actors, who try to do the same thing by throwing periods into the middle of a sentence: "Take care of Saphira. Without her. You'll find that life is hardly worth living."

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 15, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Paolini was 15 when he began writing Eragon, and the book's epic imagination reflects its creator's precocious youth. What a shame a bunch of grownups had to step in and muck it all up.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 15, 2006
Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
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...Takes an already derivative plot and guts it like so many Urgals.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 15, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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In truth, astute viewers may note a more-than-passing resemblance to Star Wars...

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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...Lord of the Potter better captures the blended spirit of the occasion.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The characters are full-on clichés spouting wooden lines, given no time to develop as the film races from one silly conflict to another.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

December 15, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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For all the promise of breathing fire and clashing swords, Eragon doesn't generate any real heat.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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For me, the movie, although possessed of some captivating storybook moments and an impressive enough dragon, was mostly an overblown bore that made me laugh when it wasn't supposed to.

| Original Score: C

December 15, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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There are lots of recycled movie lines, as ageless and hard to kill as a dragon: You are brave, but foolish ... Murder them all, but the boy is mine ... Most dragon riders take years to learn what you know by instinct. Etc., etc.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The mess that's been made with all this money is maddening. This isn't economical moviemaking. It's a deluxe trailer for "Eragon 2."

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's a pleasant enough fantastical adventure, but it does feel naggingly derivative.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The film is the directorial debut of Stefen Fangmeier, a special-effects wizard of renown, and looks it -- i.e. magically and sumptuously detailed.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 14, 2006
Justin Chang
Variety
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Appropriating all the external trappings of big-budget fantasy but none of the requisite soul, this leaden epic never soars like the CG-rendered fire-breather at the core of its derivative mythology.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 14, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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It is a world without much texture or depth. Heroes, villains, magic, love, honor and destiny abound, but there is little complexity in the social, cultural or political shape of this world.

December 14, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A sword-and-sorcery tale told without the slightest whiff of screen magic.

| Original Score: 1/4

December 14, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Too bad the acting is so lame, the story so derivative and the thing so long.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 14, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Technically accomplished but fairly lifeless and at times a bit silly.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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With most of the work going into the tech stuff, the actors seem left pretty much on their own.

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

December 14, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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In a time of darkness, under the evil reign of John Malkovich... a hero shall rise. But lo, there will be little rejoicing, for this dragon rider (newcomer Edward Speleers) is but a nancy boy.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 14, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Eragon has the courage of its earnest, borderline-humorless convictions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Even fools for fantasy movies (like me) may find the foolishness of Eragon tough going.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

December 14, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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Bland pretty boy Speleers is overshadowed by his dragon and human co-stars, with Irons especially impressive despite some very silly dialogue.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 14, 2006
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