The Eagle
The Eagle (2011)

In 2nd-Century Britain, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Eagle has a pleasantly traditional action-adventure appeal, but it's drowned out by Kevin Macdonald's stolid direction and Channing Tatum's uninspired work in the central role.

Philip French

The Eagle appeals to my older self while retaining what made my childhood reading so stirring.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The hero of the whole production is cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

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Eve Tushnet

...this would be a real guilty delight if only, IF ONLY, the two leads were not so wooden. Channing Tatum as Marcus does less acting than most of the trees in this movie.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

As culture clashes go, this one should be filed under rout.

Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Has all the ingredients of a terrific adventure thriller: an epic quest narrative, strong characters, the tangled interplay of pride, loyalty and masculinity.

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Brent McKnight
The Last Thing I See

You can feel where the filmmakers reigned themselves in and pulled back, and the result is that "The Eagle" feels castrated. In trying to make a movie for everyone, they made a movie for no one.

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Peter Bradshaw

A decent, forthright, if finally uninspired sword'n'sandal drama, based on Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 children's novel The Eagle of the Ninth.

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Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

A boring Roman Top Gun.

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Kylie Klein-Nixon

[Jamie] Bell, bless him, truly saves this film from being an awkward, miscast, Hollywood cringe-fest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
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A brotherhood is formed between two opposites in this roman epic. It is clear that this is desperately trying to copy the successful aspects of Gladiator . . .… More
Phil Hubbs
Well I'm loving all these historical films being made these days :) really interesting and gloriously epic and this film despite not being a huge Hollywood… More
Daniel Mumby
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