Eragon Reviews

  • 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

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