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The Eagle Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

No girls allowed. Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

It hoists The Eagle, all right. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    55

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    What it became was bad. A movie that hopes to blend "Lethal Weapon" with "Gladiator" winds up not being a fraction of either.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The Eagle is an engaging, if straightforward and one-dimensional.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A rip-snorting adventure tale of the sort made before CGI, 3-D and alphabet soup in general took the fun out of moviegoing.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The story and setting may be ancient, but under the direction of Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and with a nicely textured screenplay by Macdonald's Scotland coscreenwriter Jeremy Brock, the vigor is fully modern.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Roman action epic comes across as grim, violent, and dull.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this honor-and-freedom-themed historical action/drama set during Rome's occupation of Southern Britain has lots of fighting and violence. There are battles with swords, blades, and bows and arrows, as well as some blood, strangling, a severed head, and dead animals. Characters tell stories of bloody, exhausting battles, and a man smacks a young boy across the face. Language is minor (words include "ass," "fart," and "pissing"), and there's a little drinking -- but no sexual content. Although characters begin to doubt the need for war, that doesn't stop their penchant for violence.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is it essential to the story? Why or why not? How does it compare to what you'd see in a horror movie?
  • What does the Eagle of the movie's title represent? Is it a good symbol or a bad one?
  • What does the hero, Marcus, learn over the course of his journey? Is he a positive role model?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although the heroes take on an "impossible" mission, bravely standing up against the odds (and, in the process, restoring a son's faith in his father), the results of the mission bring back a symbol of one country's dominance over another -- and to accomplish these goals, the heroes must engage in all kinds of violence.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Marcus fights for his father's honor and stands up against a crowd to rescue a slave. He and the slave become friends, despite the fact that they're from opposite sides of the war. Marcus is a violent hero, but he learns something about the terrible nature of war over the course of the film, and ultimately it appears that he's on the right track.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Several battles and lots of fighting, with swords, blades, and bows and arrows, and some blood on view. People are burned and beheaded (off screen); viewers do see a severed head. Characters are also strangled, beaten, and severely injured. Viewers see hanged corpses, and a character guts a wild boar. Characters tell stories of battles and killings, and the remains of a "killing field" littered with skulls and skeletons are shown. The heroes kill, skin, and eat a raw rat. A grown man smacks a young boy across the face.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes infrequent use of "fart," "pissing," "s--t," "damn," and "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character asks for wine before enduring a painful operation on his leg. Minor characters pass around what appears to be an alcoholic, hallucinogenic drink.

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