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  • Summary: When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it's the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendaryWhen Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it's the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. (20th Century Fox) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. Eragon may not be a big Oscar contender, but in a movie season filled with blood diamonds, fascist soldiers and Idi Amin, it provides a much-needed afternoon of PG-rated family-friendly adventure.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    This likable adventure is basically "Lassie" with scales and should appeal to the books' large audience of adolescent boys.
  3. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    50
    You're most likely find that Eragon is less a gem and more cubic zirconia -- nice to look at but not as preeeecioussss as its recent fantasy bretheren.
  4. 42
    If Eragon proves anything, it's that not all dragons produce magic.
  5. If some of the characters won't be returning for the sequel, no matter. In all likelihood, neither will the audience.
  6. 40
    With the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy completed and the next "Chronicles of Narnia" movie two years away, fantasy aficionados needing a Yuletide fix may have to settle for this dull sword-and-sorcery epic.
  7. 10
    Eragon is laughably bad, mind-bogglingly derivative, and easily one of the worst movies of the year.

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  1. Positive: 29 out of 145
  1. JamesB
    Jan 21, 2010
    10
    This was the best movie that I have seen in a long time. I dont know why everyone says that it was, "Written by a teenager and its terrible." This was the best movie that I have seen in a long time. I dont know why everyone says that it was, "Written by a teenager and its terrible." This was a great movie, and I rented it again just so I could see the details better. There should be movies of all of the other books that Christopher Paolini wrote. BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!! :) Expand
  2. ArielG.
    Mar 9, 2007
    7
    I wish I hadn't been initially swayed by all the bad reviews for this movie. I watched it recently, and I didn't think it was all I wish I hadn't been initially swayed by all the bad reviews for this movie. I watched it recently, and I didn't think it was all that bad. It's not the best movie out there, and it certainly doesn't stack up to any of the Lord of The Rings movies, but it was okay as entertainment for a lazy sunday afternoon. It reminded me a lot of the older fantasy movies from the 1980's. Expand
  3. LaurieW.
    Dec 22, 2006
    4
    The book was so exciting and intricate. I was very disapointed in the screen play. Other than the character names and the general story line, The book was so exciting and intricate. I was very disapointed in the screen play. Other than the character names and the general story line, the movie didn't really resemble the book. The characters played the parts well but the script was lacking all the way. Expand
  4. JG.Sr
    Dec 16, 2006
    2
    This movie is just plain bad. Bad writing. A waste of good and talented actors. The story was rushed and not developed. In the first 15 This movie is just plain bad. Bad writing. A waste of good and talented actors. The story was rushed and not developed. In the first 15 minutes, it was like soggy bread. No form and it just stayed in a mush state throughout. If you are one of the thousands of people who read the books, you had a better chance of staying with the completely altered storyline than a first time viewer. Expand
  5. MikeS.
    Jan 4, 2007
    1
    I read both Eragon and Elder which I enjoyed, but the movie was terrible. I have never seen such a great story butchered so badly. What a I read both Eragon and Elder which I enjoyed, but the movie was terrible. I have never seen such a great story butchered so badly. What a waste of time and film. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Dec 15, 2006
    0
    Disaster. Nothing Like the Book. don't waste your time.
  7. Feb 15, 2014
    0
    This movie was utterly terrible, I just wish everyone would stop saying "written by a 15 year old and it clearly shows". Please don't compareThis movie was utterly terrible, I just wish everyone would stop saying "written by a 15 year old and it clearly shows". Please don't compare this to the book that was written by said 15 year old. The Inheritance Cycle novels were amazing, but this movie was a total disappointment, leaving out so much and infuriating fans (like me) in the process Expand

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