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  • Summary: From New Zealand comes a wickedly offbeat love story - a funny, fractured romance between two total misfits, woven into an all-consuming quest for revenge, and shot through with the strange, sweet hilarity of the human condition. (Miramax Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 60
    It's a perfectly cheerful time at the movies, without any hint of drama or surprise.
  5. 50
    There are occasional nice moments scattered throughout, but this is mostly a big, uncomfortable cartoon focused on the twisted attraction between two caricatures.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. JakeK.
    Aug 19, 2007
    10
    Jemaine, from Flight of the Conchords, was awesome in this movie. Really quirky.. much better than Napoleon Dynamite.
  2. Robert
    Jul 24, 2007
    10
    I really enjoyed this film. The direction, screen play, acting, and music were all wonderful and I laughed continually. As the film I really enjoyed this film. The direction, screen play, acting, and music were all wonderful and I laughed continually. As the film progresses, the character study of Jarrod becomes deeper and, while you still laugh at his ridiculous pretensions, you begin to pity him as well. Expand
  3. Apr 7, 2012
    9
    The only thing that makes this movie similar to Napoleon Dynamite is its socially awkward characters. Beyond that, this movie is deeplyThe only thing that makes this movie similar to Napoleon Dynamite is its socially awkward characters. Beyond that, this movie is deeply endearing and has a heart. Loren Horsley was especially good in her portrayal of an emotionally shielded character who only dropped those shields with the one person she truly trusted with her feelings -- her brother. I found her character and performance touching and thought that it carried the movie above and beyond just being a story about awkward characters. Without the emotional presence her performance brought, I would have just found most of the characters pathetic and the movie on par with Napoleon Dynamite. Expand
  4. BlancoA.
    Jun 16, 2007
    8
    Laren Horsley, as the Dangerous Person, is a really pleasant surprise. It's definitely reminiscent of the charms of Napoleon Dynamite, Laren Horsley, as the Dangerous Person, is a really pleasant surprise. It's definitely reminiscent of the charms of Napoleon Dynamite, but it also has hints of Muriel's Wedding - the whole New Zealand, Pacific Island weirdness. It's a "little" movie, but worth seeing by all means. Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2010
    8
    http://mashupmash.blogspot.com/2010/10/eagle-vs-shark.html#comments

    Eagle Vs. Shark one of my favorite movies and perhaps one of the most
    http://mashupmash.blogspot.com/2010/10/eagle-vs-shark.html#comments

    Eagle Vs. Shark one of my favorite movies and perhaps one of the most awkward movies to date. To get the gist of this movie think of Napoleon Dynamite...not make it with New Zealand accents. There you go! Basically Eagle Vs. Shark is the New Zealand Napoleon Dynamite...with a semi story and with half of Flight of the Concords backing it up. Now personally I loved Napoleon although I know countless people who hated it. So therefore my opinion of this movie is going to be fairly high statistically...and stats are right. I give this a 4.5 out of 5 This movie may be awkward but by the end you'll love the awkwardness and the characters in one.
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  6. MarkS.
    Jun 25, 2007
    8
    I was initially apprehensive about seeing this film due to the mixed ratings, but a 5-star review from Film Threat (oddly not included on I was initially apprehensive about seeing this film due to the mixed ratings, but a 5-star review from Film Threat (oddly not included on Metacritic which usually includes them) helped turn me around and give it a chance. I found it to be a cute, fun movie that is funny, but not gut-bustingly so. The romance is nice and cute, but never chick-flick illogical. It's simply a nice tale of a couple of amusingly odd and awkward people who fall in love. Comparisons to Napoleon Dynamite make sense, but are not entirely appropriate. It's more like an entire world of people who have the same sort of unrealistic awkwardness of Napoleon, but without any real people to play them off of. I, and everyone I was with, enjoyed it thoroughly. Expand
  7. EvanP.
    Jun 18, 2007
    1
    This was an average movie with a well below average cast.

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