Eddie The Eagle (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Eddie the Eagle's amiable sweetness can't disguise its story's many inspirational clichés -- but for many viewers, it will be more than enough to make up for them.

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Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

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Cast

Taron Egerton
as Eddie Edwards
Hugh Jackman
as Bronson Peary
Christopher Walken
as Warren Sharp
Jo Hartley
as Janette Edwards
Rune Temte
as Bjorn Norwegian Coach
Edvin Endre
as Matti Nykanen
Lasco Atkins
as Calgary Press
Anastasia Harrold
as British Olympian
Daniel Westwood
as Calgary Press Reporter
Jessica Williams
as British Olympian
Marc Benjamin
as Lars Kuk
Mac Pietowski
as British Olympian
Bron James
as Eagle Fan
Tomasz Dabrowski
as Swedish Coach
Jassie Mortimer
as Eagle Fan
Ruth Shaw
as Gillian - Fan
Martyn Mayger
as Ski Sports Sponsor
Karl Farrer
as Eddie's Neighbour
Katie Hudson
as Hysterical Fan
Michael Jeffries
as Swedish Skiier
Christopher Marsh
as British Olympian
Garry Moore
as Customs Officer
Billy Holland
as Street Kid
Laura Black
as Eddie's Fan
Kheira Bey
as British Olympian
Matthew Brandon
as Canadian Ski Jumper
Brent Phebey
as British Olympian
Austin Burrows
as German Coach
Michael Rauth
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Eddie The Eagle

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (31)

The overkill indicates an awareness that none of these would-be messages ring true.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Eddie the Eagle tries to have it both ways with its main subject, simultaneously ridiculing and ennobling him. And, amazingly, it mostly works.

Feb 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Taron Egerton reproduces Eddie's offbeat charm, turning him into an Asperger's afflicted champion of the undertrodden.

Feb 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For every easy, eye-rolling bit, there's a moment of genuine emotion; the champion jumper's pre-climax speech on what matters in sport is downright joyful.

Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

While it's often cookie-cutter sports movie conventional, you'd have to be stone-hearted to remain un-charmed.

Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is a rare biopic of any kind, let alone a sports bio, that merely celebrates participation. It's that novelty that makes this simple comedy shine.

Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eddie The Eagle

½

It's a sports comedy based on real events taking a lot of liberties in telling Eddie's story. That makes for a ride that is as manipulative and predictable as it is enjoyable, thanks to a great leading man and a direction that pretty much knew what it set out to do. Sure, some parts could have been a bit less silly and with more basis in reality, but the result is still lovable and touching fun.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The kind of inspirational story in which we know everything that is going to happen but still we happily embrace the clichés that make it seem like a delicious throwback to the '80s (the music is great), and Egerton has so much charisma that we can't help but fall in love with his character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Eddie the Eagle all works together in a rather campy, but loving tribute. My lack of familiarity with the actual man is a benefit because Edgerton's performance never rang false. It's an odd characterization. Taron Edgerton dons big glasses and affects an underbite to play the gawky athlete. He mercilessly hams it up playing up Eddie's little eccentricities. Occasionally the portrait verges on caricature. However Eddie is so likable and sweet that you forgive the affectations. What comes through is a genuine soul who just wanted to compete so badly. That Edgerton makes us understand this man without resorting to ridicule is kind of miraculous. His sincerity, much like the real life Eddie the Eagle, won me over. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Hundreds, maybe even thousands of biopics are released on a yearly basis. Many of them are dark and serious to get the point across, while others are fact based and exist solely for schooling purposes. It is very rare that a biopic is created for average moviegoers to have fun escapism, but look no further. "Eddie The Eagle" is that and so much more. Following the life of Eddie Edwards, beginning from his early childhood years of having bad knees, we see the progression of what will go down in history as a man with true love for the sport and nothing more. As he fails and fails, comedy, drama, and many feel-good moments, leap off the screen. "Eddie The Eagle" is the type of film that will have you smiling the whole way through, even though you will be admitting you have seen underdog stories like this many times before. Taron Egerton (of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame) shines brightly as the title character, making for a very believable film overall. Hugh Jackman as his counterpart was screaming chemistry and I had a blast watching their on-screen connection. Well-written, well-acted, and well-directed for it's visibly low budget, this film definitely warrants a recommendation. The films biggest issue (although I do not mind it very much) is that it feels a "been-there done-that" at times, even though those moments are very well executed, which is all that mattered to me. Overall, if you are looking for a feel-good movie, this is a very fun and easy watch. I can not recommend this film enough, for both entertainment value and emotional impact. "Eddie The Eagle" is a very effective film that moviegoers of all ages will likely enjoy. Treat yourself to this film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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