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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Eragon may not be a big Oscar contender, but in a movie season filled with blood diamonds, fascist soldiers and Idi Amin, it provides a much-needed afternoon of PG-rated family-friendly adventure. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    I wish Eragon's cinematography were crisper, the music less Wagnerian, and the acting more consistent. But this movie isn't for me. It's for my 10-year-old, for whom the subtleties of narrative, photography and acting mean nothing. show more

  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Turns out to be as heavy and earthbound as an injured dragon. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

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and flights over the mythical land of Alagaesia depicted in "dragon vision" -- are refreshing in their slightly out-of-date air.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

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This likable adventure is basically "Lassie" with scales and should appeal to the books' large audience of adolescent boys. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    It's not only the mythical, mind-reading creature at the story's center that prevents the film from taking flight. A worn-out plot and a novice actor also contribute to the disappointment. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The mess that's been made with all this money is maddening. This isn't economical moviemaking. It's a deluxe trailer for "Eragon 2." show more

  • June 16, 2010 TREVERNSABRINA
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    it was a flighting experience and i saw it with crhis my older brother while he was out of term at ODU.

  • January 10, 2010 Dmitrishuf
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    one word- VOMITROCIOUS!!!!!!!

  • October 12, 2008 Adelf252
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    I agree with T MAn!!! And Christopher Paolini stated that he "enjoyed" the movie!!! What a rip off! 2/3 of the book was left out!

  • August 30, 2008 Rsnowgirl1nj
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    The movie is decent, but the book is phenominal. Too many characters were left out, downsized, or in the wrong place for them to make a second movie. Where were the dwarfs? They were really important in the book and nonexistent in the movie. Brom wasn't the town fool he was the town storyteller, Roran did not leave to escape having to fight for the Empire he left to make money so he could try to get married! And Murtah and Eragon are supposed to have the same color hair and eyes, brown.

  • August 03, 2008 ANGELSCHOW101
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    i thought the movie was good, it lots of action and even a little of love.i give it a thumbs up

  • July 24, 2008 T MAN TONY 71
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    Why did the author let these idiots ruin this tale

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