The Book of Eli Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 24, 2012
"The Book of Eli" falls prey to several of the problems that "The Road" had, and while it wasn't as big a failure as that film, it's still a lot of apocalyptic wasteland to get through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Zingale
April 6, 2010
Unless you go into the film with low expectations, you'll probably walk out wishing the Hughes brothers disappeared for another nine years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 13, 2010
It's obvious what the book is and the resolution to this quest tale is silly beyond belief. Denzel just plays it quiet, tough and cool, as if that alone will carry the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
While the movie has illusions of portentousness, it can - and should - be taken as a chance to see good actors having a little too much ultra-violent fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 15, 2010
There are a handful of moments that shine, but Eli is forgettable nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
January 14, 2010
The problem with The Book of Eli is that the narrative isn't a match for its sentiments. The script feels like it's an iteration or two short of a final draft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 14, 2010
While the religious content makes itself felt, sometimes strongly, the heavy action quotient -- the story of Eli the slasher -- tears feelings to tatters.
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
January 15, 2010
He is Eli. He carries a Bible with him that no one is allowed to touch. He's got a burning rage on his face that says Team Conan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald
April 18, 2010
The Book of Eli opens with Denzel Washington's Eli murdering a cat, but by the end it's the film that has really screwed the pooch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
January 15, 2010
This vivid world created by 'The Book of Eli' quickly collapses, like a pile of dry sand. And as the film settles into increasingly unlikely action sequences and a standard-issue chase, the second half proves to be nowhere near as thrilling as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wotzke
April 12, 2010
Are we really supposed to believe that an iPod's battery life will outlast religion?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
February 5, 2010
Hey, it's Denzel. But, unfortunately he's caught in a post-apocalyptic thriller pieced together from so many other films. The radiation has apparently gone to his brain. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
January 14, 2010
Your brain, and, yes, your soul, long for ... a film that walked either the straight and narrow path of righteousness or blazed some new trail instead of frustratingly sticking with such faith and fervor to the middle of the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clay Cane
January 20, 2010
I hope the Hughes Brothers abandon these wannabe Hollywood glamor flicks and go back to gritty, raw dramas -- like 'Dead Presidents' and 'Menace II Society' -- that made their work so fresh and groundbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
January 17, 2010
The movie entwines itself in a pedestrian chase-oriented narrative that drags along before descending into irredeemably inexplicable silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
January 13, 2010
Like a cross between The Road Warrior and "Deadwood" ... a generic post-Apocalypse movie with a few cool action scenes and a mostly ridiculous premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 15, 2010
Overstays its welcome and feels preposterous, sophomoric, pretentious and barely engaging thanks to the talents of Denzel Washington & Gary Oldman. It might make for a great midnight movie to laugh at given its abundance of absurdity & mindless violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Limara Salt
Little White Lies
January 15, 2010
The Book of Eli is one of those frustrating films that could be so much better if it simplified its story. Unfortunately the contradictions are too evident to ignore and as a result all of the good elements are completely outweighed.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
January 15, 2010
Doing for Christianity what Battlefield Earth did for Scientology, The Book Of Eli is an ill-conceived, preachy leaden dud that's painfully pretentious and deserves to limp off the cinema screens in a mercifully swift time. Avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 22, 2010
The Book Of Eli is directed by the Hughes Brothers. On this evidence, they've got about as much movie-making talent as the Chuckle Brothers. Their last film was From Hell. Guess what? So is this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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