Eagle vs Shark

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    80
    So quirky that it’s almost in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own antic whimsy at times, but a comic delight destined for cult adoration.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Saito
    75
    The film is punctuated by a literal knock down, drag out affair that has all the perverse curiosity of watching a "late career" Mike Tyson bout. But by the end, the real knockout is the discovery of this comic gem.
  3. A Kiwi nerd love story and loopy portrait of Down Under underachievers, Eagle vs. Shark offers a deadpan take on family, friendship, obsession and self-delusion.
  4. What rescues Eagle vs. Shark is its focus on Lily. Although Horsley overdoes the winsomeness, she is genuinely appealing. Love erases Lily's geekiness and in its place stands an attractive young woman.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    75
    Unlike so many big-studio films that pass off models in horn-rimmed glasses as nerds, this little New Zealand gem embraces the inner geek and, just as effectively, celebrates misfit love.
  6. 75
    With an often very funny story line that eventually touches on parental disappointment and suicide, it's clear that, his debt to Hess and Wes Anderson notwithstanding, Waititi has learned a thing or two from fellow antipodean Jane Campion as well.
  7. 75
    Never before have I been so emotionally involved with an apple core, or seen salvation in a flip-flop. Taika Waititi, you had me at nunchuks.
  8. The movie isn't funny in any big way so much as recognizable in its patterns of dysfunction, delusion and futility. But you believe in it, because you believe in the small but decent lives of its characters, a rare experience for a hot weekend in June.
  9. This debut feature, occasionally arch but consistently affecting, shares the deadpan esthetic of "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Ghost World."
  10. The film’s resolution is more implied than complete.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Watching Eagle vs Shark is like sitting next to a terminally awkward first date at a restaurant. You cringe and feel protective toward the poor, sweet dweebs at the same time.
  12. 63
    Eagle vs. Shark feels like a low-budget, foreign cousin to Napolean Dynamite, less polished and sly. But it's definitely in the same family, lulling us into friendly acceptance with its persuasively silly rhythm and deceptively big heart.
  13. 60
    It's a perfectly cheerful time at the movies, without any hint of drama or surprise.
  14. Despite Clement's best efforts to make Jarrod a deadpan oddball nerd, it becomes apparent early on that excessive teenage eccentricity and terminal self-delusion isn't quite as cute in the adult male and absent father.
  15. In the end, Eagle vs. Shark represents a convincing triumph for Dumb.
  16. 50
    There are occasional nice moments scattered throughout, but this is mostly a big, uncomfortable cartoon focused on the twisted attraction between two caricatures.
  17. 50
    Intermittently charming, sometimes tiresome celebration of quirkiness.
  18. As it turns out, spending a couple of hours with emotionally arrested, socially moronic characters is not a whole lot more fun than spending a couple of hours with actual emotionally arrested, socially moronic people.
  19. This is the kind of movie in which Jarrod's nemesis turns out to be paraplegic, while his dad lives in a wheelchair despite the fact that he can walk just fine. Ha.
  20. 50
    Might feel like a colorful little train-wreck drama, but given the recent popularity of such films, it comes across more like a nerdcore clip show, a sort of straight-faced "Epic Movie" for fans of discomfort comedy.
  21. It's a tale that reduces angst, not to mention love, to a generational tic.
  22. 40
    The movie's idea of funny is giving the two lovers identical moles bordering their upper lips.
  23. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Result is still innocuously mild and inconsequential.
  24. 30
    You can't see the forest for the twee in writer-director Taika Waititi's thicket of cutesy conceits, from the stunted supporting characters to the precious animated interludes.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Feb 4, 2016
    9
    Much like the awkward animal courtship this fairy tale story presents, Eagle vs Shark well display as confusing for some. It may be hard toMuch like the awkward animal courtship this fairy tale story presents, Eagle vs Shark well display as confusing for some. It may be hard to understand and it's frustrating that the two protagonists don't click immediately, the sentimental message of two humans wishing to act anything is weaved beautifully however as you watch them flock and fade apart and form back together again. It's mesmerising, like a hilarious documentary about an unlikely bond which in turn becomes more likely as you go deeper into their pasts. Taika Waititi is a craftsmen of the bizarre. Full Review »
  2. Jan 16, 2013
    8
    This movie is so good. It is shot without any budget and it was so fun and dry black comedy. It makes me think about Napoleon Dynamite but aThis movie is so good. It is shot without any budget and it was so fun and dry black comedy. It makes me think about Napoleon Dynamite but a lot better and touching. Full Review »
  3. May 11, 2012
    7
    It all begins with Lily, a lonely oddball and fast-food waitress who happens to be a hopeless romantic. Then there's Jarrod, the man of Lily'sIt all begins with Lily, a lonely oddball and fast-food waitress who happens to be a hopeless romantic. Then there's Jarrod, the man of Lily's dreams, another lonely oddball and video game clerk, who has spent the last decade plotting ultimate vengeance on a bully from his high school past. When these two connect at a "dress as your favorite animal" party, it's a match that seems made in outcast heaven, but when Lily decides to risk everything for love, her hopes are nearly dashed. In summary: "There's someone out there for everyone". Full Review »