The Book of Eli Synopsis
A lone man fights his way for survival across a post-apocalyptic America.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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THE BOOK OF ELI. A dreary tale. Grade: C (Based on advance VIP press preview on Jan. 14th. 2010)

The Hughes brothers(Albert and Allen) directed this 118-min movie starring Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, and Gary Oldman. Filmed using the RED digital camera, this bleak color-leached...

Denzel Washington as a Bible toting fanatic on a mission from God!!!

By screwylouie123456
One synopsis I read put it this way "one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race". Another, "a lone warrior (Washington)...

Thoughtful Flick

By bostonite52
For post-apocalyptic fare, this is probably the best I have seen. Denzel humanizes a role that could have turned this film into just another blood and guts fight film. Great story, profound and...


By Pammo1949
This movie featured one of the most talented actors of this time. The movie started slow and then picked up like a ride on a rollercoaster. The action was pheonomenal and the story thought...

The Book of Eli

By Jamiescandal
Decent post-apocalyptic survival flick starring the mighty Denzel Washington, the scary looking Gary Oldman, and the lovely and spunky Mila Kunis. Much of the scenery we have seen before. The story...

Not about religion

By ithrah
this movie, contrary to those who cannot see past any religious reference, is not about religion. it is about our history and this country's history cannot be separated from the bible. this movie...

Not too bad

By redyeah
Having seen the recent rush of END OF THE WORLD movies, I wasn't sure if I was ready for another. But this kept me entertained and Denzel is always fun to watch on screen. Few actors have his ability...

An Envisioned Apocolyptic Future Not That Hard to Believe

By chashe
I read the negative reviews (view "the other side"), & boy, are those guys confused. But not too surprisingly. For those who have recognized the animosity building in our culture over the past 40 or...

For all christian leaders and believers alike

By This fans fa you
Non-believers step aside, The Book of Eli will make you feel stronger the next time you hold a bible. All Denzel fans beware, he's more dangerous with a knife in his hand. The Hughs Brothers...

Boring tale about the cult of Christianity and it's venemous Bible.

I am a Christian who knows that the Bible draws its gospels and imaginings from Egyptian myths and paganism. All "Bible" stories were written between 2 and 3 thousand years before it came into vogue...

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Rated R | For some brutal violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Future-set action epic is heavy on comic book violence.
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