The Book of Eli - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Book of Eli Reviews

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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
April 6, 2010
Unless you go into the film with low expectations, you'll probably walk out wishing the Hughes brothers disappeared for another nine years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 13, 2010
It's obvious what the book is and the resolution to this quest tale is silly beyond belief. Denzel just plays it quiet, tough and cool, as if that alone will carry the film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 15, 2010
There are a handful of moments that shine, but Eli is forgettable nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 14, 2010
The problem with The Book of Eli is that the narrative isn't a match for its sentiments. The script feels like it's an iteration or two short of a final draft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 14, 2010
While the religious content makes itself felt, sometimes strongly, the heavy action quotient -- the story of Eli the slasher -- tears feelings to tatters.
January 15, 2010
He is Eli. He carries a Bible with him that no one is allowed to touch. He's got a burning rage on his face that says Team Conan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 15, 2010
This vivid world created by 'The Book of Eli' quickly collapses, like a pile of dry sand. And as the film settles into increasingly unlikely action sequences and a standard-issue chase, the second half proves to be nowhere near as thrilling as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2010
Are we really supposed to believe that an iPod's battery life will outlast religion?
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 5, 2010
Hey, it's Denzel. But, unfortunately he's caught in a post-apocalyptic thriller pieced together from so many other films. The radiation has apparently gone to his brain. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 14, 2010
Your brain, and, yes, your soul, long for ... a film that walked either the straight and narrow path of righteousness or blazed some new trail instead of frustratingly sticking with such faith and fervor to the middle of the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 20, 2010
I hope the Hughes Brothers abandon these wannabe Hollywood glamor flicks and go back to gritty, raw dramas -- like 'Dead Presidents' and 'Menace II Society' -- that made their work so fresh and groundbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 17, 2010
The movie entwines itself in a pedestrian chase-oriented narrative that drags along before descending into irredeemably inexplicable silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 13, 2010
Like a cross between The Road Warrior and "Deadwood" ... a generic post-Apocalypse movie with a few cool action scenes and a mostly ridiculous premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
January 15, 2010
Overstays its welcome and feels preposterous, sophomoric, pretentious and barely engaging thanks to the talents of Denzel Washington & Gary Oldman. It might make for a great midnight movie to laugh at given its abundance of absurdity & mindless violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
January 15, 2010
The Book of Eli is one of those frustrating films that could be so much better if it simplified its story. Unfortunately the contradictions are too evident to ignore and as a result all of the good elements are completely outweighed.
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