Give Eragon a few years: By then, it might be delightfully bad.
Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
The film's few moments of hilarity are no less welcome for being completely unintended...
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
John Malkovich finds his loopy, nostril-flaring form as the wicked tyrant and Jeremy Irons, playing the boy's wise mentor, is visibly thinking about his fee.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It's a pleasant enough fantastical adventure, but it does feel naggingly derivative.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Too bad the acting is so lame, the story so derivative and the thing so long.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The mess that's been made with all this money is maddening. This isn't economical moviemaking. It's a deluxe trailer for "Eragon 2."
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Paolini was 15 when he began writing Eragon, and the book's epic imagination reflects its creator's precocious youth. What a shame a bunch of grownups had to step in and muck it all up.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The film is the directorial debut of Stefen Fangmeier, a special-effects wizard of renown, and looks it -- i.e. magically and sumptuously detailed.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
In truth, astute viewers may note a more-than-passing resemblance to Star Wars...
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
There are lots of recycled movie lines, as ageless and hard to kill as a dragon: You are brave, but foolish ... Murder them all, but the boy is mine ... Most dragon riders take years to learn what you know by instinct. Etc., etc.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Eragon has the courage of its earnest, borderline-humorless convictions.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
First-time director Stefen Fangmeier delivers, giving young adults a teen hero astride a flying dragon (voice of Rachel Weisz) and a comely girl warrior, Arya (Sienna Guillory), who, like Luke and Leia, join forces and wits to bring down the evil empire.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
A sword-and-sorcery tale told without the slightest whiff of screen magic.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The characters are full-on cliches spouting wooden lines, given no time to develop as the film races from one silly conflict to another.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The title of Hollywood's latest fantasy epic is simply the word 'dragon' with one letter changed, and unfortunately, that's about the level of creativity you can expect from Eragon.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
Appropriating all the external trappings of big-budget fantasy but none of the requisite soul, this leaden epic never soars like the CG-rendered fire-breather at the core of its derivative mythology.
Justin Chang - Variety
The script, which reaches for importance by repeating ideas, drags down the actors, who try to do the same thing by throwing periods into the middle of a sentence: "Take care of Saphira. Without her. You'll find that life is hardly worth living."
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The experienced actors (Irons, Malkovich, Carlyle, Hounsou, and Sienna Guillory) earn the big bucks just for keeping a straight face.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
...So heavily derivative of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings it should be ritually torched by followers of Yoda and Frodo.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
...Lord of the Potter better captures the blended spirit of the occasion.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Why has 20th Century Fox released this embarrassment - whose quality would be dubious for a direct-to-video release - into theaters?
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It is a world without much texture or depth. Heroes, villains, magic, love, honor and destiny abound, but there is little complexity in the social, cultural or political shape of this world.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Bland pretty boy Speleers is overshadowed by his dragon and human co-stars, with Irons especially impressive despite some very silly dialogue.
David Germain - Associated Press
...Takes an already derivative plot and guts it like so many Urgals.
Alex Chun - Los Angeles Times
Kids too young for Lord Of The Rings may be distracted by this below average fantasy, but for everyone else this is derivative and silly.
Saxon Bullock - Film4
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Michael Szymanski - Hollywood.com
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Regardless of your feelings about the fantasy genre, there's one thing everyone can agree on: Elves should not be 5-foot-6.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
As my companion dourly noted, "I just paid $30.00 to see Star Wars." (And yes, that's matinee pricing and all I had was a water.) But wow, great effects, seriously.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The viewer is not transported to the magical, complex and elaborate kingdom of Alagaesia of the book, but rather is merely observing action scene followed by action scene.
Emily S. Mendel - culturevulture.net
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Director Stefan Fangmeier would have been better off following the cliff-hanging, lucidly written action scenes by [Christopher] Paolini.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
While it offers nothing new, it gets a passing grade because it does have some interesting characters, brought to life by some top-notch acting talent.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
At a recent screening of 'Eragon,' a woman lamented, 'It's like a teenage guy wrote this.' She was right.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
We can only hope the next instalment will have a little more fire in its belly.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Technically competent, but essentially a fantasy movie that mistakes industrial light for magic.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Los Angeles Daily News
Often warm and ultimately uplifting, the fantasy delivers entertaining fare for the entire family.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
A painful reminder of what fantasy cinema was like before the Lord of the Rings trilogy re-wrote the rules.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
This tale of dragons and derring-do risks sending kids and grownups alike drifting away to the Land Of Nod.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Jay Richardson - Future Movies UK
Laughably bad, mind-bogglingly derivative, and easily one of the worst movies of the year.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
The effects are impressive but the script, acting and direction are desperately dull.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
An enjoyably bad movie.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
If one happens to be a boy between the ages of 10 and 15 or so, all of this will be quite exciting and engaging. If one is much older -- say, 16 -- and has seen any epic adventure produced in the last two decades, Eragon will be trying.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's a bonanza for the tinted contact lens industry.
Robert Hanks - Independent
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
George Lucas should sue their sorry plagiarist asses. . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
It's certainly more fast paced than The Chronicles of Narnia and more concise than Harry Potter.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The special effects are the tail wagging the dragon in this sword-and-sorcery fantasy, which may put a spell on kids, despite a dull hero and skimpy storyline.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Para una obra de mas de quinientas paginas, hay demasiada ligereza en la cinta...
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Basicamente mergulhando a trama de Star Wars no universo de J.R.R. Tolkien, Eragon traz anoes, elfos, humanos, dragoes, feiticeiros e Vaders (ops... Vardens) envolvidos em incidentes que sao um verdadeiro be-a-ba do genero fantasia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
I imagine it might appeal to folks who have never before seen a fantasy flick.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Stefen Fangmeier establishes himself as the Uwe Boll of family-friendly fantasy.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
If you want pseudo-medieval battles with fairies and elves, go take
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
Considering that Christopher Paolini started writing his Eragon novels at age 15 and his protagonist is 17, the adolescent tone is appropriate, but the film shouldn't look as if teenagers made it.
M. K. Terrell - Christian Science Monitor
You'll probably spot eight or nine different pieces of uncredited source material as the garish smear of Eragon washes over you.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Eragon offers a basic boy-and-his-talking-dog sort of set up, complicated by Eragon's stubbornness and Malkovich's typically oddball line readings.
Cynthia Fuchs - Common Sense Media
With Eragon, visual-effects wizard Stefen Fangmeier turns director and proves himself the logical successor to Uwe Boll.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Swap dragon riders with the Jedi, Galbatorix with Darth Vader, Brom with Obi-Wan and what have you got? Plagiarism.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
It's no wonder you can expect a spoof called "Epic Movie," in theatres next spring, from the makers of Scary Movie.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
God help us, there's going to be a director's cut, isn't there?
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
I wish that I could push aside a filing cabinet somewhere and crawl through a secret passageway into Malkovich's brain for 15 minutes, just so I could learn what he was thinking when he signed on for this movie.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
[N]ary a thing of any substance differs from the Gospel of Luke, except here be dragons instead of landspeeders and X-wing fighters and the Han Solo is really lame...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The Varden expected 'more' when they heard a Dragon Rider was coming, but I expected less from the movie... we both were pleasantly surprised.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The feeling of a rip-off is so blatant that it practically ends all other discussion of the movie.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
With no momentum and no real characters to care about, [Eragon] lumbers its way toward a grand, sequel-setting finale.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
If you took all the dragon-centered movies ever made, and counted the good ones on your fingers, I bet you'd still have enough fingers left over to flip off Eragon as you walked laughing from the theater.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
just too derivative to take seriously
David Bezanson - Filmcritic.com
Like a super-condensed version of Lord of the Rings as made for the Disney Channel. The baffling story sometimes makes you think the Comedy Channel might have lent a hand as well.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
For some audiences, watching a dragon grow from babyhood to fire-breathing giant will make "Eragon" worth the price of a ticket.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's a large-scale fantasy that plays like a rerun... Paolini began his novel when he was 15, and the simplicity of 'Eragon'... might bring back memories of high school writing workshops.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
What isn't stolen from Star Wars in this adaptation of Christopher Paolini's best-seller was cribbed from The Lord of the Rings.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
more than a Star Wars rip-off... The only thing missing here is a Chewbacca
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This big budget fantasy flick might bore audience members over the age of 10 right out of their minds.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
...this is a movie that invites comparisons to other movies and stories, primarily because it's just like them.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
...As escapist entertainment Eragon fills the bill-as long as no one expects too much.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Dave White - Movies.com
The strength comes from the 15-year-old author's conviction and enthusiasm for the story but the weakeness comes from its key elements being renamed rather then re-imagined.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
I left Eragon feeling like I'd just watched a Renaissance Faire stage its own production of "Star Wars."
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The only real difference between Eragon and one of those laughably chintzy movies produced for the Sci-Fi Channel is the cast.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A dragon with audible thoughts and no voice is even less interesting than one who can talk.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
It's mostly just a bunch of actors trying to look involved while attempting to act through their bad wigs and Studio 54 reject outfits.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Eragon may not be a big Oscar contender, but in a movie season filled with blood diamonds, fascist soldiers and Idi Amin, it provides a much-needed afternoon of PG-rated family-friendly adventure.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
First-time director Stefan Fangmeier does a good job overseeing the look and pacing of the film, but often seems to neglect more humdrum details like plotting and dialogue.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Eragon is a dull and derivative rehash of familiar fantasy genre elements with a dragon on top...
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For all the promise of breathing fire and clashing swords, Eragon doesn't generate any real heat.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
First-time director Stefen Fangmeier is a longtime Industrial Light and Magic veteran, so it's no surprise that the effects are state-of-the-art...
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Been to that galaxy, done that ring.
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
One needn't be a fan of fantasy-adventure to be thrilled by the winged lizard in Eragon.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
For me, the movie, although possessed of some captivating storybook moments and an impressive enough dragon, was mostly an overblown bore that made me laugh when it wasn't supposed to.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Any hint of narrative complexity or character development is wiped out by the film's slavishly straightforward storyline, and its special effects that might be state-of-the-art but never show anything we haven't seen before.
Brian McTavish - Kansas City Star
Its formula is so vanilla that it could be an early draft of almost any other science fiction or fantasy story.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Praise must be given to the most effective dragon yet brought to celluloid. She's more believable than most of the humans in the film.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Eragon's mythic journey to discover the truth behind his heritage and battle evil hews so closely to the story lines of other famous fantasy epics that it's hard to believe there aren't a few lawsuits in the works.
Karen Karbo - Oregonian
many of the elements are boringly derivative: Malkovich's creepy and menacing castle looks like it was picked up at a "Lord of the Rings" clearance sale.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
In a time of darkness, under the evil reign of John Malkovich... a hero shall rise. But lo, there will be little rejoicing, for this dragon rider (newcomer Edward Speleers) is but a nancy boy.
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
'Eragon' is a rip-off, but it doesn't look like one.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
I liked Eragon's story so much more when it was called Star Wars. Heck, I was waiting for a Wookie to pop up.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Stop me if you've heard this one before...
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Fears that Fangmeier's debut would be the sequel to Dragonheart nobody wanted prove unwarranted. It's the sequel to BloodRayne that nobody wanted.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
We've reached the point in fantasy films at which the CGI-creatures are a lot more interesting and believable than the humans.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
This knockoff simply follows its peril-rescue-triumph pattern to the inconclusive end and comes to a galumphing stop by hinting at two more sequels.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Eragon's fantastical milieu may be third-class Lord of the Rings, but its story--in what may constitute the most shameless act of plagiarism known to American cinema--is pure Star Wars.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
"Eragon" is based on a book by a 19-year-old with a script that seems to have been written by a 12-year-old.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
With most of the work going into the tech stuff, the actors seem left pretty much on their own.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Essentially a repeat of the first episode of Star Wars dropped into a Lord of the Rings context...comes across as plodding and rather dull.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The big difference between Harry and Eragon is that the former movies range from not bad to very good, but the latter stinks.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
[Contains] a plotline that's a pastiche of tired fate-demands-you-take-this-journey tropes.
Jason Ferguson - Orlando Weekly
Technically accomplished but fairly lifeless and at times a bit silly.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Like the book, the movie lacks originality, while also featuring weak characters, no rhythm, run-of-the-mill dialogue, and cheap looking action. Lovely.
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Even fools for fantasy movies (like me) may find the foolishness of Eragon tough going.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
All of the wooden dialogue and generic hero-questing doesn't even lead to much of note, merely setting up a sequel that may never come to pass.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Earnestly acted and directed, Eragon has neither the visual dazzle nor narrative momentum to compensate for its cut-rate fantasy mimicry.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
As soon as Fangmeier sinks his teeth into the plot, he cuts from set piece to set piece in a frenzy, spitting out chunks of unnecessary voiceover and dizzying F/X. . . . a dim fantasy flick.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
For those who love the fantasy genre known as sword and sorcery -- and I count myself in their number -- sitting through the movie version of Eragon will suck the will to live right out of you.
Chauncey Mabe - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A lot of pseudo-medieval, dragon-happy claptrap.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
..."Eragon" is a fun film that is certain to join the ranks of "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings" in the world of fantasy films.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
A load of generic mush perhaps best served as a piece of bitchin' '70s van art.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
It's free for all sci-fi/fantasy mad libs.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Eragon - that's Dragon with an E (instead of a D), or Era Gone, without the E. Both are wordplays that perhaps give a clue to the workings of the 15 year old author's mind.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile