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Industrial Light and Magic special-effects wizard Stefen Fangmeier makes the leap into the director's chair with this coming-of-age fantasy concerning a young boy whose discovery of a mysterious dragon egg leads him on a predestined journey to become a Dragon Rider and defend his peaceful world against an evil king. Based on the best-selling novel by Christopher Paolini, Eragon tells the tale of the titular character (Ed Speleers), a humble farm boy living in the land of Alagaësia, whose life is forever changed when he discovers that he has been chosen to fight the most powerful enemy his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Give Eragon a few years: By then, it might be delightfully bad."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"With no momentum and no real characters to care about, [Eragon] lumbers its way toward a grand, sequel-setting finale."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Kids too young for Lord Of The Rings may be distracted by this below average fantasy, but for everyone else this is derivative and silly."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"Tolkien lite."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"While it offers nothing new, it gets a passing grade because it does have some interesting characters, brought to life by some top-notch acting talent."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A painful reminder of what fantasy cinema was like before the Lord of the Rings trilogy re-wrote the rules."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"...So heavily derivative of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings it should be ritually torched by followers of Yoda and Frodo."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Regardless of your feelings about the fantasy genre, there's one thing everyone can agree on: Elves should not be 5-foot-6."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"The viewer is not transported to the magical, complex and elaborate kingdom of Alagaësia of the book, but rather is merely observing action scene followed by action scene."
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"At a recent screening of 'Eragon,' a woman lamented, 'It's like a teenage guy wrote this.' She was right."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"The title of Hollywood's latest fantasy epic is simply the word 'dragon' with one letter changed, and unfortunately, that's about the level of creativity you can expect from Eragon."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"As my companion dourly noted, "I just paid $30.00 to see Star Wars." (And yes, that's matinee pricing and all I had was a water.) But wow, great effects, seriously."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Director Stefan Fangmeier would have been better off following the cliff-hanging, lucidly written action scenes by [Christopher] Paolini."
‑ Kent Turner,
"We can only hope the next instalment will have a little more fire in its belly."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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