Eragon Reviews

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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2007
Give Eragon a few years: By then, it might be delightfully bad.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 30, 2006
A painful reminder of what fantasy cinema was like before the Lord of the Rings trilogy re-wrote the rules.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
December 30, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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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-
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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
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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
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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 15, 2006
The experienced actors (Irons, Malkovich, Carlyle, Hounsou, and Sienna Guillory) earn the big bucks just for keeping a straight face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
December 15, 2006
The film's few moments of hilarity are no less welcome for being completely unintended...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 15, 2006
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2006
...Takes an already derivative plot and guts it like so many Urgals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 15, 2006
In truth, astute viewers may note a more-than-passing resemblance to Star Wars...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 15, 2006
...Lord of the Potter better captures the blended spirit of the occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: D+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 15, 2006
For all the promise of breathing fire and clashing swords, Eragon doesn't generate any real heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 15, 2006
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
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 14, 2006
It's a pleasant enough fantastical adventure, but it does feel naggingly derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 14, 2006
The film is the directorial debut of Stefen Fangmeier, a special-effects wizard of renown, and looks it -- i.e. magically and sumptuously detailed.
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 14, 2006
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 14, 2006
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 14, 2006
A sword-and-sorcery tale told without the slightest whiff of screen magic.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 14, 2006
Too bad the acting is so lame, the story so derivative and the thing so long.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 14, 2006
Technically accomplished but fairly lifeless and at times a bit silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 14, 2006
With most of the work going into the tech stuff, the actors seem left pretty much on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
December 14, 2006
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2006
Eragon has the courage of its earnest, borderline-humorless convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 14, 2006
Even fools for fantasy movies (like me) may find the foolishness of Eragon tough going.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 14, 2006
Bland pretty boy Speleers is overshadowed by his dragon and human co-stars, with Irons especially impressive despite some very silly dialogue.