The Book of Eli Reviews

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Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
The Hughes brothers' film feels more vibrant than the bleak Road, which was launched at us in November. Here the brothers show us the horror but somehow the staid and calm Denzel feels more approachable than the distraught and scrambling Viggo.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
I sat down to The Book of Eli expecting a lecture, and was instead treated to a rollicking action film that evoked the manic ultra-violence of Mad Max rather than the sensitive study of humanity of The Road.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 24, 2010
...a watchable endeavor that should please fans of the genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
July 6, 2010
The Book of Eli was missing a few chapters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
June 27, 2010
... this post-apocalyptic odyssey manages to bring a spiritual miracle journey to the secular world and deliver a payoff on both levels.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 10, 2010
It's not a great film, but has moments of brilliance. Jennifer Beals is outstanding and the lack of heavy-handed religious grandstanding is a welcome touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 7, 2010
...if you can't get enough of this postapocalyptic stuff,'The Book of Eli' isn't a bad addition to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 2, 2010
"I'm not certain the shell-game resolution is worth the journey, but the picture is satisfactorily atmospheric and often challenging, perhaps even unintentionally chilling in its closing statement of devotion."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 17, 2010
Its unusual ambition and thoughtfulness make it resonate a bit more than most slick studio action fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
May 13, 2010
Coming hot on the heels of The Road, Eli is a far more conventional and formulaic vision of future hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 15, 2010
In its limpid simplicity and stock portrayals of good and evil characters, it has a forward momentum that's compelling.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
April 15, 2010
At last, an action movie even the Pope can love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
April 15, 2010
Directors Allen and Albert Hughes stage some impressive set-pieces, including intricately choreographed fights and a stunning shoot-out covered by a single rotating camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
April 15, 2010
Gary Whitta's script seems set out to mimic the contours of a religious parable. It has simplicity, sweep, incredible last minute plot twists, mystical happenings and a fundamental belief in Faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
April 15, 2010
Though The Book of Eli devolves into a very basic series of pitched battles between the good and evil adversaries, the film does exert a tight grip on the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
April 13, 2010
Gripping and thought provoking entertainment.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 12, 2010
Bursts of action, in which Eli turns a dozen thugs into a circle of bodies, and an interesting punchline make the moody end-of-the-world visuals bearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
March 5, 2010
Hollywood has released a mainstream action movie about the Bible. If Eli sparks discussion about faith and the vitality of God's Word, that's cause for acclaim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
February 16, 2010
Not a movie for atheists. Richard Dawkins would probably insist on a refund!
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