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Eragon Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0
    38

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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and flights over the mythical land of Alagaesia depicted in "dragon vision" -- are refreshing in their slightly out-of-date air.

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