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: 47% 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.

Ed Koch
The Atlantic

This picture is one big waste of time, including that of the actors and those in the audience who pay to see it.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The Book Of Eli is just one hot mess with choppy biblical undertones... The filmmakers just tried to get too deep with something that was not fully developed.

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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.

Shaun Davis

Some curious cameos draw a smirk, but this book would have benefited from some ruthless editing before publication.

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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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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

Though I can appreciate the film and the filmmakers' vision as prophetic, shocking us into thinking about the consequences of justifying violence because of religious differences, it not a film I enjoyed.

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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