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The Book of Eli Reviews

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September 24, 2012
"The Book of Eli" falls prey to several of the problems that "The Road" had, and while it wasn't as big a failure as that film, it's still a lot of apocalyptic wasteland to get through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2012
The ending of this film has got to be the longest ending in the history of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 21, 2010
I sat down to The Book of Eli expecting a lecture, and was instead treated to a rollicking action film that evoked the manic ultra-violence of Mad Max rather than the sensitive study of humanity of The Road.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 27, 2010
The prophet Denzel practices his preach in the post-apocalyptic western The Book of Eli. Jesus will not be pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 24, 2010
...a watchable endeavor that should please fans of the genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2010
The Book of Eli was missing a few chapters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 3, 2010
While the movie has illusions of portentousness, it can - and should - be taken as a chance to see good actors having a little too much ultra-violent fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
June 27, 2010
... this post-apocalyptic odyssey manages to bring a spiritual miracle journey to the secular world and deliver a payoff on both levels.
June 18, 2010
A crackpot blend of sadism and scriptures, and reeking with the raw scent of a fanatical fundamentalism in cool video game clothing.
June 10, 2010
It's not a great film, but has moments of brilliance. Jennifer Beals is outstanding and the lack of heavy-handed religious grandstanding is a welcome touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 7, 2010
...if you can't get enough of this postapocalyptic stuff,'The Book of Eli' isn't a bad addition to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 2, 2010
"I'm not certain the shell-game resolution is worth the journey, but the picture is satisfactorily atmospheric and often challenging, perhaps even unintentionally chilling in its closing statement of devotion."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 17, 2010
Its unusual ambition and thoughtfulness make it resonate a bit more than most slick studio action fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2010
Coming hot on the heels of The Road, Eli is a far more conventional and formulaic vision of future hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 19, 2010
Washington is always watchable and will hold your gaze during a highly ambitious but ultimately wonky attempt to inject spiritual depth into the blockbuster flock.
April 19, 2010
It's the risible writing and the self-important, self-righteous tone that ultimately prevents this odyssey from becoming the classic action film to which it aspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 15, 2010
In its limpid simplicity and stock portrayals of good and evil characters, it has a forward momentum that's compelling.
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