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The Eagle Reviews

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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
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 22, 2011
The story sags in the middle, as our wanderers traipse through the highlands-not a happy environment for Tatum, who, before his journey even begins, looks all at sea in this distant age.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 14, 2011
Wild-eyed, long-haired Brits leap atop the Romans' shields as the soldiers blindly hack away, the bodies so close that you can barely tell the victor from the vanquished. The battles in the fog and rain have a hallucinatory power.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 12, 2011
However you slice it, The Eagle is hokum, but modern-day Scots may get a kick out of the film's depiction of their ancestors as mud-caked hellions. Modern-day Romans will have to settle for less.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 11, 2011
The latest sandals-and-swords outing, "The Eagle" has landed . . . with a thud.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2011
There's a predictable arc, as the two enemies have to overcome their mutual mistrust to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 11, 2011
It's even less interesting than "Centurion."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
February 11, 2011
It's hard to go along for the ride when the characters act more like statuary than people.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 11, 2011
A long slog through ancient muck, so-so sword fights and dumb luck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 11, 2011
Alas, from its scruffy period melodrama to its repetitious battles and endless cross-country shots, this film is all grandiosity with no real heft.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 11, 2011
The Eagle makes for an okay parent-and-young-son film outing. But you'll want to get your youngster the Sutcliff paperback.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
February 11, 2011
Less epic than Gladiator, less ridiculous than last year's Centurion, less homoerotic than Top Gun (but just barely), this is perfectly acceptable matinee fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
February 10, 2011
Despite some breathtaking scenery and documentary-like realism, The Eagle ultimately falls to some surprising contrivances that seem written by focus groups.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 10, 2011
A muscularly entertaining adventure inspired by Rosemary Sutcliff's historical fiction The Eagle of the Ninth, hugely popular in middle schools in the mid-20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
February 10, 2011
Exciting and even moving, this robust epic is filled with action, male bonding, and a terrifying sense of wilderness.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 10, 2011
Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography is kinetic when it needs to be, ruminative and pretty when it doesn't. It looks good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2011
If this episodic quest still manages to feel too flat and mild, at least it gives us the mysterious Highlands and the Celtic dirge of Atli Írvarsson's outstanding score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 10, 2011
Lumbering along for a bit less than two hours, which passes like three, it feels more like a chore than like an adventure.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 10, 2011
Channing Tatum plays Marcus Aquila with an earnest furrowed brow that could indicate gravitas or constipation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
February 10, 2011
Tatum and Bell deserve more than the lethargic narrative that follows them across such exquisite wilderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 10, 2011
This is a movie that needs a great or gonzo performer to give it depth or heft. In Channing Tatum, it has an actor who gives it camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 10, 2011
Macdonald falls back on decently choreographed action sequences and predictable confrontations that add violence and subtract depth. Casting Tatum in the lead doesn't balance that equation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
February 10, 2011
The Eagle fails to soar, thanks largely to Kevin Macdonald's unimaginative direction and Channing Tatum's charisma-challenged performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 10, 2011
The greatest impediment of all is the square-jawed, flat-talking Tatum, who is so wooden he presents a fire hazard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 10, 2011
Tatum has the strong-jawed good looks and stoic demeanor of a natural-born movie star. What he lacks is a sense of inner life, a spark of internal fire: When the camera trains on him, you can practically hear the wind whistling through his head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 10, 2011
"The Eagle" is a rip-snorting adventure tale of the sort made before CGI, 3-D and alphabet soup in general took the fun out of moviegoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 9, 2011
"The Eagle" would be a lot more enjoyable if it weren't for the utterly incoherent action scenes and the side-of-beef performance from rising young hunk Channing Tatum as its supposedly brooding and wounded hero.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 9, 2011
The director's documentary background informs his almost reportorial attention to landscape, fighting technique, and especially the wild, fascinating otherness of the peoples beyond the reach of Rome.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
February 9, 2011
To its credit, the film does attempt to grapple with the ambivalence that Europe and America feel toward the Roman Empire. We admire its cultural achievements while condemning its brutality, and in that tension we see our own ideals and failures reflected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 9, 2011
A codpiece-and-crossbow saga of relentlessly exciting battle sequences sandwiched between tedious, unconvincing chatter about cantankerous centurions, fiery feudal warriors and camera-ready six-pack abs modeled by hunky pinups...
| Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 9, 2011
Do you like movies about gladiators? Well, lend me your ears: The Eagle will more than gratify your sword-and-sandal cravings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
A thunderous boys' adventure of the old-school type.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 7, 2011
An earnest throwback to an earlier brand of filmmaking.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 7, 2011
Engaging, if straightforward and one-dimensional.