Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Book of Eli Reviews

3.0

53

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it. The ending is "flawed," as we critics like to say, but it's so magnificently, shamelessly, implausibly flawed that (a) it breaks apart from the movie and has a life of its own, or (b) at least it avoids being predictable.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterKirk Honeycutt

    The Hughes Brothers' measured, well-paced direction complements the comic-book simplicity of this narrative.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    The story requires a greater leap of faith than I was willing or able to muster, since Eli is also a saintly pilgrim on a God-given mission to save a ruined world.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    A didactic and humorless Western, Eli is too laborious for an action film and too brutal to be an inspirational tale.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    A ponderous dystopian bummer that might be described as "The Road Warrior" without car chases, or "The Road" without humanity.

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