The Book of Eli

The Book of Eli

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The Book of Eli

Directed by the Hughes Brothers (From Hell) and produced by the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix), this post-apocalyptic actioner stars Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon, Mila Kunis and Tom Waits.

Washington stars as a lone warrior named Eli, who fights his way across the desolate wasteland of near-future America to protect a sacred book that can bring civilization back from the brink of destruction.

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Variety

Variety

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Some mordant comic touches would have been welcome throughout the picture, which has a somber tone that suffers a bit from lack of modulation and nuance.

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Total Film

Total Film

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For all its knife scraps, shoot-outs, big bangs and fisticuffs, Denzel’s latest is a sluggish affair weighed down by its lofty themes. It also comes with a preposterous twist and a paying-the-rent performance from Oldman that’s pure cured ham.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The movie keeps you watching and generally engaged.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it. The ending is "flawed," as we critics like to say, but it's so magnificently, shamelessly, implausibly flawed that (a) it breaks apart from the movie and has a life of its own, or (b) at least it avoids being predictable.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The Hughes Brothers' measured, well-paced direction complements the comic-book simplicity of this narrative.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Mad Max 2 with Thought for the Day thrown in. There’s some ace post-holocaust action, but you can’t help feel you were invited to a party with fizzy pop and cream cake and got suckered into a sermon instead.

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Some mordant comic touches would have been welcome throughout the picture, which has a somber tone that suffers a bit from lack of modulation and nuance.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

For all its knife scraps, shoot-outs, big bangs and fisticuffs, Denzel’s latest is a sluggish affair weighed down by its lofty themes. It also comes with a preposterous twist and a paying-the-rent performance from Oldman that’s pure cured ham.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie keeps you watching and generally engaged.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it. The ending is "flawed," as we critics like to say, but it's so magnificently, shamelessly, implausibly flawed that (a) it breaks apart from the movie and has a life of its own, or (b) at least it avoids being predictable.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Hughes Brothers' measured, well-paced direction complements the comic-book simplicity of this narrative.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Mad Max 2 with Thought for the Day thrown in. There’s some ace post-holocaust action, but you can’t help feel you were invited to a party with fizzy pop and cream cake and got suckered into a sermon instead.

2.0
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