The Eagle Reviews

  • Likes or dislikes about The Eagle will be based on how you feel about Channing Tatum.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The director's documentary background informs his almost reportorial attention to landscape, fighting technique, and especially the wild, fascinating otherness of the peoples beyond the reach of Rome.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Lumbering along for a bit less than two hours, which passes like three, it feels more like a chore than like an adventure.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Despite some breathtaking scenery and documentary-like realism, The Eagle ultimately falls to some surprising contrivances that seem written by focus groups.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Becomes absurd precisely when Channing Tatum marches onto the scene as a Roman army commander.

    Stephanie Merry — Washington Post

  • This is a movie that needs a great or gonzo performer to give it depth or heft. In Channing Tatum, it has an actor who gives it camp.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • A thunderous boys' adventure of the old-school type.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography is kinetic when it needs to be, ruminative and pretty when it doesn't. It looks good.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The latest sandals-and-swords outing, "The Eagle" has landed . . . with a thud.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The Eagle fails to soar, thanks largely to Kevin Macdonald's unimaginative direction and Channing Tatum's charisma-challenged performance.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • The story sags in the middle, as our wanderers traipse through the highlands-not a happy environment for Tatum, who, before his journey even begins, looks all at sea in this distant age.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • "The Eagle" is a rip-snorting adventure tale of the sort made before CGI, 3-D and alphabet soup in general took the fun out of moviegoing.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Too often in "The Eagle," in which the Romans are played by American actors and the Britons are played by Brits, Tatum comes off like "second Roman warrior from the left" rather than "Roman warrior the film is about."

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Exciting and even moving, this robust epic is filled with action, male bonding, and a terrifying sense of wilderness.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Reader

  • A muscularly entertaining adventure inspired by Rosemary Sutcliff's historical fiction The Eagle of the Ninth, hugely popular in middle schools in the mid-20th century.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Channing Tatum plays Marcus Aquila with an earnest furrowed brow that could indicate gravitas or constipation.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Alas, from its scruffy period melodrama to its repetitious battles and endless cross-country shots, this film is all grandiosity with no real heft.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • To its credit, the film does attempt to grapple with the ambivalence that Europe and America feel toward the Roman Empire. We admire its cultural achievements while condemning its brutality, and in that tension we see our own ideals and failures reflected

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

  • A codpiece-and-crossbow saga of relentlessly exciting battle sequences sandwiched between tedious, unconvincing chatter about cantankerous centurions, fiery feudal warriors and camera-ready six-pack abs modeled by hunky pinups...

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • An earnest throwback to an earlier brand of filmmaking.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

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