The Book of Eli
The Book of Eli (2010)

In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's certainly uneven, and many viewers will find that its reach exceeds its grasp, but The Book of Eli finds the Hughes brothers injecting some fresh stylish fun into the kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland filmgoers have seen more than enough of lately.

Laremy Legel

The Hughes brothers' film feels more vibrant than the bleak Road, which was launched at us in November. Here the brothers show us the horror but somehow the staid and calm Denzel feels more approachable than the distraught and scrambling Viggo.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

I'm not going to give it away, but there's a final plot twist in this movie that is beyond absurd.

Jeff Beck

"The Book of Eli" falls prey to several of the problems that "The Road" had, and while it wasn't as big a failure as that film, it's still a lot of apocalyptic wasteland to get through.

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Jonathan F. Richards

t's a post-apocalyptic western, it's an evangelical tract, it's a road movie, it's a martial arts movie, it's a disaster movie, it's a graphic novel. It's equal parts The Road and The Robe, A Fistful of Dollars and Fist of Fury. It's Mad Max meets Left Be

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Really, it's just another prophet-in-the-wilderness tale -- not nearly as bad as those trailers would suggest, yet neither will your soul run any risk of enlightenment.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The ending of this film has got to be the longest ending in the history of cinema.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Washington doesn't look as if he's having much fun, and who can blame him?

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Allen and Albert Hughes have created a plausible post-apocalyptic world.

Simon Miraudo

I sat down to The Book of Eli expecting a lecture, and was instead treated to a rollicking action film that evoked the manic ultra-violence of Mad Max rather than the sensitive study of humanity of The Road.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A post apocalyptic hell with plenty of faith thrown in. Good action sequences and the books twist at the end made me smile.
xGary Xx
A lone traveller through the post-apocalyptic wastelands of the United States is pursued by the ruler of a ramshackle society who believes a book he carries is… More
Manu Gino
Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. Saw it again! Great Movie! This movie really gets into the religious side of life and it shows how many… More
Red Lats
Generally this is a pretty good film. Always fun to watch the good guy triumph over evil. But the details are a bit of a stretch. I had to go check out the… More
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15/06/2012 (DVD)
Daniel Perry
I fully expected this to be terrible, but three-quarters of the way through, to my surprise, this post-apocalyptic twist on a basic western was still… More