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  • 2.0

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Though the movie, which was adapted from a book written by Christopher Paolini when he was a teenager, aims high by ripping off the classics (even down to Eragon’s murdered uncle), what it most recalls are the cheesy lost sword-and-sorcery epics from the '80s, awful movies in the vein of "Yor: The Hunter From the Future" and "The Blade Master."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The star of this fantasy adventure for young audiences is a charmer from the moment she is hatched (from a huge blue egg that starts to rock like a Mexican jumping bean). Her name is Saphira, she speaks with the voice of Rachel Weisz, and it doesn't matter that she's too young to breathe fire -- at first -- or that she waddles a bit on the ground, because she lives and breathes the joy of flight, which is exactly what was missing from most of Harry Potter's solos on a broom.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    There is little complexity in the social, cultural or political shape of this world. So this film, directed by visual effects master Stefen Fangmeier and written by Peter Buchman in a straightforward manner, cannot escape the rote nature of such a fantasy.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a pleasant enough fantastical adventure, but it does feel naggingly derivative.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Eragon is a bit cheesy, but I rather liked it. It's sincere cheese... The special effects -- which include glowing-eyed heroes and villains, and flights over the mythical land of Alagaesia depicted in "dragon vision" -- are refreshing in their slightly out-of-date air.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Dragon fantasy falls flat, but kids won't care.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie's content is just right for the target 'tweener audience. It has its scary moments, with several scenes featuring dark woods, eerie wind, abrupt violence, big battles and a frightening evil wizard with red and black makeup. Swords, arrows, and spears produce some bloody wounds and several dead bodies, and one-on-one fight scenes include kicking, punching, swordplay, and falling. Eragon confronts and feels guilty about a family member's death (the corpse is visible, with a bloody face).

  • Families can talk about how the movie differs from the book. What worked better in the book and what in the movie? Why?
  • Those who didn't read the story might talk about Eragon's response tobeing "chosen" by the dragon.
  • Why are dragons such fascinating creatures in fiction and legends?
  • Families can also talk about the movie's similarities to (anddifferences from) other fantasy and sci-fi classics, like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. What elements of Eragon's story areunique? Which ones have you seen before?

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    Messages: Bad king and wizard want to stomp out all independent thought; dragon rider and his friends want their land to be prosperous and free.

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    Role models: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Violence pushes the PG edge, with bloody injuries and faces, brief sadness following a character's murder, and wraithy figures who swoop around in darkness; battle scenes include huge armies wielding multiple weapons (spears, arrows, flames, swords, knives); battle between two flying creatures (good dragon and bad smoky dark beastie) has them biting at each other, resulting in bloody wounds; riders fall from horses; magic spell leaves victim with black spidery veins and debilitating "illness."

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    Sex: Mutual attraction between Arya and Eragon is established -- without much spark but with some sensual glances; Eragon's relationship with the dragon is "romantic," though it stops short of being sensual (some lines are comic, whether intentionally or not, as each declares their mutually interdependent "power").

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue