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The Book of Eli

Overview


Genre :

Drama, Thriller

Release Date :

January 15, 2010

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes

Starring :

Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon, Evan Jones

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

3.5 of 5

“..worthwhile experience, at least one time around, but it's mostly memorable for its little treasures..”
by Christopher Null [Filmcritic.com]
2 of 4

“..too laborious for an action film and too brutal to be an inspirational tale..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
2 of 4

“..The movie is essentially a Western, with old-fashioned shootouts and barroom brawls interrupted by telling details of a global disaste..”
by John Hartl [Seattle Times]
Review rate : D

“..The Book of Eli is like a movie based on a graphic novel you don't want to read...”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
Review rate : B-

“..sober and derivative movie..”
by Gary Thompson [Philadelphia Daily News]
3 of 4

“..doesn't quite achieve the greatness to which it so clearly aspires..”
by Calvin Wilson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
3.5 of 5

“.."The Book of Eli" plays out like the film version of a great graphic novel that no one ever got around to writing...”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
2.5 of 5

“.."The Book of Eli" lands somewhere between "The Postman" (civilization needs ritual) and "Fahrenheit 451" (literacy saves humanity)..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
3 of 4

“.."The Book of Eli" is a weighty tome, bound with the sort of smug nostalgia usually reserved for Allstate commercials..”
by Graham Killeen [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
2 of 4

“.."The Book of Eli" can't quite decide if it wants to be "The Road" or "The Road Warrior."..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News]
Review rate : B
Reviewed by Scott Tobias [Onion AV Club]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Carrie Rickey [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by Colin Covert [Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune]
1 of 4
Reviewed by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]

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LATEST REVIEWS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS :

“..a jumble of half-baked ideas, none particularly interesting..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]

CHAPPIE :

“..Blomkamp's ideas feel depleted this time, dulled by repetition and other cinematic droids that stretch from HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Ultron in the upcoming sequel to The Avengers..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]

FAULTS :

“..Winstead is one of the most intuitive actors of her generation, and though her impressive range is easy to spot, it's her elasticity that makes her so rewarding to watch..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]

KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN :

“..Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess are solid as two of the four kidnappers, but Swedish director Daniel Alfredson pushes the caper button too many times..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]

OCTOBER GALE :

“..the material is not exceptional, but Ms. Clarkson always is. She's that rare actress over 50 who seems to land a lot of the juicy roles her younger competitors covet..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]

TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS :

“..yet there is a touching sincerity to the entire enterprise, its lumpiness coming from a desire not to make things up, and if you can put away your cynicism, which I clearly am struggling with, the acting might win you over too..”
by Steve Morrissey [MovieSteve]

THE INTRUDERS :

“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]

FOCUS :

“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]

A LA MALA :

“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]

THE HUNTING GROUND :

“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]