75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A dynamic story, sprinkled with some interesting ideas about the preciousness of culture and how societies might rebuild themselves.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Though not as lyrical as "The Road," which benefits from both its visual artistry and its humanist perspective, The Book of Eli employs the genre conventions of the western to make mythic its principal character.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it. The ending is "flawed," as we critics like to say, but it's so magnificently, shamelessly, implausibly flawed that (a) it breaks apart from the movie and has a life of its own, or (b) at least it avoids being predictable.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Book of Eli isn't as exciting or funny or inspiring as it wants and needs to be, and its preachy ending is an ordeal. But Washington, a movie star who can act, is one cool dude who is worth following anywhere.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The Hughes Brothers' measured, well-paced direction complements the comic-book simplicity of this narrative.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The story requires a greater leap of faith than I was willing or able to muster, since Eli is also a saintly pilgrim on a God-given mission to save a ruined world.
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50

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Yet it all comes down to one simplistic idea, and the result feels like a one-film evangelical movement.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Book of Eli is “The Road’’ with twice the plot, four times the ammunition, and half the brains; it’ll probably make 10 times the money.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A didactic and humorless Western, Eli is too laborious for an action film and too brutal to be an inspirational tale.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A ponderous dystopian bummer that might be described as "The Road Warrior" without car chases, or "The Road" without humanity.
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53 out of 100
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