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Eagle vs Shark Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 27, 2007
Daft, sweet, awkward and amusingly rude.
| Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 27, 2007
The movie's idea of funny is giving the two lovers identical moles bordering their upper lips.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 13, 2007
Eagle vs. Shark feels like a low-budget, foreign cousin to Napolean Dynamite, less polished and sly. But it's definitely in the same family, lulling us into friendly acceptance with its persuasively silly rhythm and deceptively big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 13, 2007
Yes, the nerdy loser thing has been done to death, but writer-director Taika Cohen brings surprising depth to this film...Napoleon Dynamite dreams of being this movie.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 13, 2007
So the only real argument I can make for Eagle vs. Shark, a stupid-absurdist comedy from New Zealand, is that I laughed a lot, often despite myself, and that while I might not be able to wholly justify it, I can mount a questionable defense.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 6, 2007
I think this film was already made, and it was called Napoleon Dynamite.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 6, 2007
Eagle vs. Shark might have seemed amusingly original, albeit in a self-consciously quirky, indie-movie kind of way, if Napoleon Dynamite didn't already exist.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 6, 2007
Ideal entertainment for anyone who found the stark realism of Napoleon Dynamite too painful to deal with.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 5, 2007
The movie is so self-consciously odd and twee it's hard to connect with the sad-sack characters. Waititi borrowed the formula for Dynamite but created a damp firecracker.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2007
[Director] Waititi's obviously a talent, but here he seems to be trying too hard to not try too hard; he's undermining the cleverness of the writing with the thudding hulk of its delivery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 22, 2007
Sorely lacks is a genuine sense of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2007
If you just can't get enough of watching a waif being mistreated for comic effect, by all means go see Eagle vs. Shark.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2007
A disturbing film trying to diguise itself as a quirky romantic comedy. There are indeed some laugh-out-loud moments; unfortunately most of the laughs are aimed at -- not with -- the misfits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2007
Floats by on a mood of concerned and puckish good will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2007
The tone and tenor of Waititi's effort are quieter, gentler [than Napoleon Dynamite]. This is low-key stuff, but strangely, goofily endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 21, 2007
You believe in it, because you believe in the small but decent lives of its characters, a rare experience for a hot weekend in June.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 16, 2007
What was fresh a few years ago has naturally gone stale, and the film's excessive Napoleon Dynamite aping is almost as awkward as its maladjusted characters.
| Original Score: C
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Jane Borden
Time Out
June 16, 2007
The actors' subtle, deadpan performances keep pure caricature at bay -- and also produce as much excruciating discomfort as laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2007
One of those movies that invite you to laugh at its misfit characters and empathize with them at the same time.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 15, 2007
It becomes increasingly difficult to care one way or another about characters who act like they have undergone frontal lobotomies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 15, 2007
A pleasing New Zealand gloss on Napoleon Dynamite, full of geek posturing, sweet weirdness and disarmingly modest goals.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 15, 2007
Scornful laughs are cheap laughs, and although [director] Waititi allows a few moments of gentle sweetness, he takes the easy way out too often.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2007
The film's absurdist dialogue is consistently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
June 14, 2007
Eagle vs. Shark is the kind of movie Hollywood should make but rarely does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 14, 2007
Eagle vs Shark has its own distinctive style, partly thanks to whimsical little interludes of animation, but mainly because it ties blithe absurdity to a rock bed of emotional truth.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 14, 2007
What rescues Eagle vs. Shark is its focus on Lily. Although Horsley overdoes the winsomeness, she is genuinely appealing. Love erases Lily's geekiness and in its place stands an attractive young woman.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 14, 2007
It sure feels like [director] Waititi got a look at Napoleon Dynamite a few dozen times on video and decided, heck, I can do that, and with cuter accents too.
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 14, 2007
Cringe-inducing comedy by New Zealander Taika Waititi more or less exemplifies the divide currently dictating taste in movie comedy, a schism reducible to a single question: Do you want to laugh with people, or at them?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2007
It's a tale that reduces angst, not to mention love, to a generational tic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
June 13, 2007
Maybe Judd Apatow's comedies also flatter the maturity-impaired by making their 10th-grade hang-ups lovable, but Apatow doesn't leave you thinking less of the women who abide them.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2007
In this sub-genre of Gen Y comedies, quirky has somehow come to mean dumb. Perhaps teens, especially guys, enjoy seeing people on screen who are not as smart as they are. It's the real revenge of the nerds.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 3, 2007
Jarrod and Horsley, odd as they are as screen subjects, undeniably make an indelible impression, but result is still innocuously mild and inconsequential.