Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The story and setting may be ancient, but under the direction of Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and with a nicely textured screenplay by Macdonald's Scotland coscreenwriter Jeremy Brock, the vigor is fully modern.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
An honest, basic story set forth with brevity, skill, care and intelligence.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A rip-snorting adventure tale of the sort made before CGI, 3-D and alphabet soup in general took the fun out of moviegoing.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The Eagle is an engaging, if straightforward and one-dimensional.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Though not deep, the movie is diverting.
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What he's missing in The Eagle is that spark of the insane - the slightly lunatic fever that makes us unable to keep our eyes off him (Channing Tatum).
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Part of the trouble is casting. This is a movie that needs a great or gonzo performer to give it depth or heft.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Through it all, Tatum tries like crazy to Act. His eyes pinch. His brow scrunches. Most of all, he clenches his jaw, little creases of muscle flexing below his ears as he labors to emote.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This old-fashioned sword-and-sandal drama has all the bread and circuses we've come to know from the movies. It flirts with interesting story choices, but ultimately, all roads lead to boredom.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
What it became was bad. A movie that hopes to blend "Lethal Weapon" with "Gladiator" winds up not being a fraction of either.
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55 out of 100
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