The Eagle
The Eagle (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Eagle has a pleasantly traditional action-adventure appeal, but it's drowned out by Kevin Macdonald's stolid direction and Channing Tatum's uninspired work in the central role.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Best of all is Anthony Dod Mantle's breathtaking photography: the Scottish Highlands have never looked so eerily, threateningly beautiful.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

The ever-shifting balance of power between master and slave is smartly acted by the two leads and the story itself, simple as it is, exerts a power as old as cowboys and Indians.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The latest sandals-and-swords outing, "The Eagle" has landed . . . with a thud.

Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Basically, this is a buddy-cop comedy about imperialism and mud.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

There's a predictable arc, as the two enemies have to overcome their mutual mistrust to survive.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

like many modern war films, it gets too introspective on the horrors of war and the uncertain righteousness of any one side

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
A morally repellent movie that clearly supports imperialism (the emblem being an eagle and the Romans performed by American actors) and considers those who… More
paul sandberg
I have to admit, I'm kind of a sucker for sword and sandal period type pieces, in spite of there being so few good ones. The Eagle starts earnestly… More
xGary Xx
A Roman centurion injured in battle is honourably discharged and finds new purpose by seeking out the standard lost by his father's defeated legion twenty… More
Nathan Hall
A brotherhood is formed between two opposites in this roman epic. It is clear that this is desperately trying to copy the successful aspects of Gladiator . . .… More
Phil Hubbs
Well I'm loving all these historical films being made these days :) really interesting and gloriously epic and this film despite not being a huge Hollywood… More
Daniel Mumby
When Gladiator reinvigorated the swords-and-sandals epic, it was quickly followed by a host of films which sought to replicate its success by imitating part or… More