The Eagle Reviews

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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
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
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.
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
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
This stilted view of 'Roman honour' is one big, phony cliché. Still, the fight sequences are good...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
February 23, 2011
It strikes me more as exercise in style, really, than a completed film.
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
Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 11, 2011
Becomes absurd precisely when Channing Tatum marches onto the scene as a Roman army commander.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 10, 2011
Positioned awkwardly between serious historical drama and bloody action movie, The Eagle doesn't end up succeeding as either
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 18, 2013
Inferior to the similar, based-n-the-same-history "Centurion."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
March 24, 2011
While Bell is decent, Tatum is fatally wooden. I'm not really sure that he can act at all; he certainly fails to convince as a Roman soldier.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 11, 2011
...enough wartime propaganda and chest-thumping battle cries to set a neocon's heart a-flutter.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 11, 2011
THE EAGLE is a movie that should be better, that has a chance to be something unique and awesome, but ultimately stumbles.
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
March 24, 2011
A boring Roman Top Gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 11, 2011
The latest sandals-and-swords outing, "The Eagle" has landed . . . with a thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
February 10, 2011
Romans speaking American-style gives it a sloppy, Cliff's notes flavor underscored by Tatum's very contemporary look and the attire of the Britons, animal skin jegging.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 10, 2011
Too often in "The Eagle," in which the Romans are played by American actors and the Britons are played by Brits, Tatum comes off like "second Roman warrior from the left" rather than "Roman warrior the film is about."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
March 2, 2011
From what we see, Tatum's character is stubborn and foolish, and should be killed pretty quickly, and would be, were he not the main character.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 11, 2011
The Eagle reaches for more than your typical glories-of-death saga. It's interested in story and character. Unfortunately, the story is not terribly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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