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The Book of Eli Reviews

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May 23, 2018
Book of Eli manages to follow the basic plot of Zardoz, while completely draining away all the meaning and coherence of the original.
January 16, 2018
This picture is one big waste of time, including that of the actors and those in the audience who pay to see it.
September 11, 2017
The Book Of Eli is just one hot mess with choppy biblical undertones... The filmmakers just tried to get too deep with something that was not fully developed.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 8, 2017
Some curious cameos draw a smirk, but this book would have benefited from some ruthless editing before publication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2017
Though I can appreciate the film and the filmmakers' vision as prophetic, shocking us into thinking about the consequences of justifying violence because of religious differences, it not a film I enjoyed.
November 8, 2016
Post-apocalypse films are a dime a dozen, so what makes The Book of Eli so different? Not much, except an evangelical subplot that is not strong enough to be this film's savior.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
September 13, 2010
Having to put your brain on cruise control to appreciate a movie is never a good sign, but in this film's case, letting yourself go for two hours is well worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
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