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The Eagle Reviews

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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
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-
Patty Jones
Georgia Straight
April 4, 2011
Luckily, director Kevin Macdonald quickly distracts with a little of the old ultraviolence when longhaired locals attack the fort and the Romans go into those cool fighting formations that are always so transfixing.
Philip French
March 28, 2011
The Eagle appeals to my older self while retaining what made my childhood reading so stirring.
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
The Sun (UK)
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
London Evening Standard
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
March 25, 2011
The Eagle is not your typical sword and sandal epic. You could easily mistake it for a western, a war movie or even a timely commentary on the human casualties of 21st century conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 24, 2011
A decent, forthright, if finally uninspired sword'n'sandal drama, based on Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 children's novel The Eagle of the Ninth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 24, 2011
The hero of the whole production is cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 24, 2011
Has all the ingredients of a terrific adventure thriller: an epic quest narrative, strong characters, the tangled interplay of pride, loyalty and masculinity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
March 24, 2011
There's plenty of grit and craft on display here, yet somehow the result is never quite as rousing as you'd hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
March 23, 2011
There's quite a bit to enjoy about The Eagle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 23, 2011
It's best approached like a buddy movie with gold standards. Because, by Jupiter, it's the rapport between Tatum and Bell that lifts The Eagle beyond any derring-do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 23, 2011
Best of all is Anthony Dod Mantle's breathtaking photography: the Scottish Highlands have never looked so eerily, threateningly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 20, 2011
SINCE the early days of cinema, great actors have found immortality by playing heroes of the Roman Empire. Charlton Heston, Richard Burton...and now the dormouse-eyed, muscly fella from a couple of dance films and that cack GI Joe thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 17, 2011
The plot may be corny sentiment, but the movie is rousing entertainment, with two engaging leads
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
March 16, 2011
Vivid cinematography and bromance between Channing and Jamie keep it standing strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
March 5, 2011
Perhaps inevitably, it lands as something of a cross-breed between 300 and The New World, which is to say it's both viscerally intoxicating and phantasmagorical.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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