The Eagle Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 4, 2013
like many modern war films, it gets too introspective on the horrors of war and the uncertain righteousness of any one side
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2013
Despite its bleak atmosphere and sparse storyline, period drama The Eagle is a pleasant surprise. It entertains with some great sword play, and the themes of honor and bravery overcome the simplicity of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
It's a video game, after all: Dull sensation, easily recognizable and comforting images and a total lack of recollection of what it is you were just doing within seconds of it being over.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 18, 2013
Inferior to the similar, based-n-the-same-history "Centurion."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 21, 2012
It really all comes down to the story. Just like Tatum wasn't up to the task of bringing the character to life, the filmmakers weren't up to the task of bringing the story to life, and that makes all the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Gholson
Cinematical
February 9, 2012
'The Eagle' will likely find a future life on the video shelves of high school history teachers looking for a semi-educational way to kill a couple of days worth of classes.
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times
December 13, 2011
Fighting isn't big and it isn't clever. But, in the case of "The Eagle," it's the most interesting part of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
August 16, 2011
In the end The Eagle's flight is often striking, but a little erratic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Sadly not a movie about the big-chinned ski jumper Eddie Edwards, this underwhelming feature instead revolves around the 'Ted and Ralph' style bromance between a master and servant during the Roman occupation of England.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 25, 2011
...a distressingly uneven actioner that's rarely as entertaining as one might've hoped...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 13, 2011
It's almost new and interesting, but mostly just hints at some intriguing ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
May 5, 2011
All the sturm and drang can't hide the obvious. "The Eagle" is "Gladiator" Lite, a low-budget costumer about honor and redemption ... handing your enemy his head on a shield.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
It's a really earnest adventure set in the second century. And you know what that means. It means you have to tune your brain back to at least the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip French
Guardian
March 28, 2011
The Eagle appeals to my older self while retaining what made my childhood reading so stirring.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
March 25, 2011
Based on the well-known novel 'The Eagle of the Ninth,' 'The Eagle' is a serviceable movie about the importance of honor and allegiance in ancient Rome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 25, 2011
Early on it's established that Tatum has a body fat ratio lower than most people's mortgage rates, but his humourless hero is hardly dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 25, 2011
Tatum acquits himself admirably here, in a film that clearly intends to ensure Hollywood cheese is the last thing that comes to mind...
Alex Zane
Sun Online
March 25, 2011
Macdonald captures the Highlands setting beautifully and the two leads make a likeable pairing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
March 25, 2011
As culture clashes go, this one should be filed under rout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
March 25, 2011
Take Braveheart, Gladiator and Apocalypto, leave them to simmer in an iron-age pot and you've got The Eagle, a sword-swooshing slice of historical action that's plenty entertaining, if a touch familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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