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In 2nd-Century Britain, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism...The Roman epic adventure The Eagle is directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Jeremy Brock has adapted the scr eenplay from Rosemary Sutcliff's classic novel The Eagle of the Ninth. In 140 AD, the Roman Empire extends all the way to Britain - though its grasp is incomplete, as the rebellious tribes of Caledonia (today's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Best of all is Anthony Dod Mantle's breathtaking photography: the Scottish Highlands have never looked so eerily, threateningly beautiful."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"However you slice it, The Eagle is hokum, but modern-day Scots may get a kick out of the film's depiction of their ancestors as mud-caked hellions. Modern-day Romans will have to settle for less."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"like many modern war films, it gets too introspective on the horrors of war and the uncertain righteousness of any one side"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Inferior to the similar, based-n-the-same-history "Centurion.""
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Fighting isn't big and it isn't clever. But, in the case of "The Eagle," it's the most interesting part of the movie."
‑ Laurence Boyce, The Baltic Times
"The story sags in the middle, as our wanderers traipse through the highlands-not a happy environment for Tatum, who, before his journey even begins, looks all at sea in this distant age."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"The latest sandals-and-swords outing, "The Eagle" has landed . . . with a thud."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Despite its bleak atmosphere and sparse storyline, period drama The Eagle is a pleasant surprise. It entertains with some great sword play, and the themes of honor and bravery overcome the simplicity of the story."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"It really all comes down to the story. Just like Tatum wasn't up to the task of bringing the character to life, the filmmakers weren't up to the task of bringing the story to life, and that makes all the difference."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"In the end The Eagle's flight is often striking, but a little erratic."
‑ Andrew Simpson, Fan The Fire
"Wild-eyed, long-haired Brits leap atop the Romans' shields as the soldiers blindly hack away, the bodies so close that you can barely tell the victor from the vanquished. The battles in the fog and rain have a hallucinatory power."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"There's a predictable arc, as the two enemies have to overcome their mutual mistrust to survive."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's a video game, after all: Dull sensation, easily recognizable and comforting images and a total lack of recollection of what it is you were just doing within seconds of it being over."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"'The Eagle' will likely find a future life on the video shelves of high school history teachers looking for a semi-educational way to kill a couple of days worth of classes."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"Sadly not a movie about the big-chinned ski jumper Eddie Edwards, this underwhelming feature instead revolves around the 'Ted and Ralph' style bromance between a master and servant during the Roman occupation of England."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
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