The Book of Eli

2010

The Book of Eli

Critics Consensus

It's certainly uneven, and many viewers will find that its reach exceeds its grasp, but The Book of Eli finds the Hughes brothers injecting some fresh stylish fun into the kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland filmgoers have seen more than enough of lately.

47%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 201

64%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 350,532
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Movie Info

In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller from filmmaking duo Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell and Dead Presidents). Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Ray Stevenson co-star in the Warner Bros. production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Gary Oldman
as Carnegie
Mila Kunis
as Solara
Ray Stevenson
as Redridge
Tom Waits
as Engineer
Chris Browning
as Hijack Leader
Lateef Crowder
as Hijacker/Construction Thug
Keith Davis
as Hijacker
Lora Martinez Cunningham
as Young Woman Hijacker
Scott Wilder
as Middle-Aged Man
Heidi Pascoe
as Middle-Aged Woman
Spencer Sano
as Biker/Town Thug
Scott Michael Morgan
as Construction Thug Leader
Sala Baker
as Construction Thug
Arron Shiver
as Bartender
Justin Tade
as Town Doctor
Mike Seal
as Door Guard
Richard Smith
as Orpheum Patron
Paul Crawford
as Town Thug
Edward A. Duran
as Town Thug
David Wald
as Town Thug
Kofi Elam
as Convoy Thug
Kofi W. Elam
as Convoy Thug
Al Goto
as Convoy Thug
Clay Fontenot
as Convoy Thug
Brad Martin
as Convoy Thug
Tim Rigby
as Convoy Thug
Luis Bordonada
as Carnegie Gunman #1
Robert Powell
as Carnegie Gunman #2
Angelique Midthunder
as Gatling Gun Gunner
Todd Schneider
as Caddy Driver
Darrin Prescott
as Suburban Driver
Laurence Chavez
as Ice Cream Truck Driver
Brian Lucero
as Alcatraz Guard
David Midthunder
as Alcatraz Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Book of Eli

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (48)

  • This picture is one big waste of time, including that of the actors and those in the audience who pay to see it.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • The Hughes brothers' film feels more vibrant than the bleak Road, which was launched at us in November. Here the brothers show us the horror but somehow the staid and calm Denzel feels more approachable than the distraught and scrambling Viggo.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • The Book of Eli opens with Denzel Washington's Eli murdering a cat, but by the end it's the film that has really screwed the pooch.

    Apr 18, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • At last, an action movie even the Pope can love.

    Apr 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Directors Allen and Albert Hughes stage some impressive set-pieces, including intricately choreographed fights and a stunning shoot-out covered by a single rotating camera.

    Apr 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • t's a post-apocalyptic western, it's an evangelical tract, it's a road movie, it's a martial arts movie, it's a disaster movie, it's a graphic novel. It's equal parts The Road and The Robe, A Fistful of Dollars and Fist of Fury. It's Mad Max meets Left Be

    Mar 2, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Book of Eli

  • Apr 08, 2016
    I've always been a big fan of post apocalyptic films but for some reason I never got round to seeing this film until years after, And yet again I kick myself for waiting so long to watch it, The film seems to be nothing new at first just an average survival movie but soon a deeper and more religious story unravels and it's very gripping from start to finish with some pretty good action scenes too, A very strong cast all act brilliantly, And the twist at the end was brillant and people will either love it or think it's too silly but a second watch of this film will change your mind, Its religious plot will not be for everyone but it doesn't go too deep into it, But in the end it's a great film that deserves much more praise.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2014
    A silly christian parable about a man in a post-apocalyptic world who tries to save a King James bible for humanity. Another oh-so-typical evil man wants the same book so he can exploit its words and use them as an ideological weapon to control people. Meanwhile, it is the film itself that is a laughable ideology that seems to have been written by an American fundamentalist (this is especially clear in the finale with the 'blindness' plot twist and Denzel Washington lying shaved, in white garb on his deathbed, like a saint despitethe fact that he has massacred half the population of survivors along the way). That being said, the film has nice cinematography and, while the imagery is typical post-apocalyptic fare, it is well done and can be impressive. The violence is ridiculously overplayed and unrealistic, but it is fun if you do not take the film seriously (and how could someone take it seriously?) and the performances are below average. It is sad seeing a good actor such as Gary Oldman playing for the 100th time the cartoonish villain. The electronic soundtrack adds to the films self-important pretentiousness. The post-apocalyptic has a lot to offer as a genre but it is too bad that they make them with such naivete. The Book of Eli certainly brings to mind that other monstrosity among American post-apocalyptic films, I am Legend, which also weds the genre's conventions with religious nonsense. It is funny that one of the last shots shows the printed bible being put on a shelf among important books of other religions, trying to show that the film possesses also a multicultural side. (Oh, my!)
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2013
    A simplistic adventure offering up the morals of a campfire fable. Washington has fun in the lead, alongside Oldman who helps to elevate this action epic.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2012
    Most of "The Book of Eli" isn't easy to swallow, but it's still one of the better post-apocalyptic tales of recent memory. Yeah, it's uneven in certain aspects and the score doesn't quite fit the action onscreen most of the time, but the Hughes brothers direct some of the most dazzling sequences of stylized mayhem you're likely to ever see in a motion picture.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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