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action & adventure, children & family, drama

In a mythical time, a teenage boy becomes a dragon rider with the help of a wise old man, and with his newly-hatched dragon, avenges the murder of his uncle, rescues a beautiful warrior, and battles a tyrannical king.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Dragon fantasy falls flat, but kids won't care.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie's content is just right for the target 'tweener audience. It has its scary moments, with several scenes featuring dark woods, eerie wind, abrupt violence, big battles and a frightening evil wizard with red and black makeup. Swords, arrows, and spears produce some bloody wounds and several dead bodies, and one-on-one fight scenes include kicking, punching, swordplay, and falling. Eragon confronts and feels guilty about a family member's death (the corpse is visible, with a bloody face).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie differs from the book. What worked better in the book and what in the movie? Why?
  • Those who didn't read the story might talk about Eragon's response to being "chosen" by the dragon.
  • Why are dragons such fascinating creatures in fiction and legends?
  • Families can also talk about the movie's similarities to (and differences from) other fantasy and sci-fi classics, like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. What elements of Eragon's story are unique? Which ones have you seen before?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: ...Takes an already derivative plot and guts it like so many Urgals.

- Alex Chun, Los Angeles Times, Friday, December 15, 2006

Rotten: In truth, astute viewers may note a more-than-passing resemblance to Star Wars...

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, December 15, 2006

Fresh: First-time director Stefen Fangmeier delivers, giving young adults a teen hero astride a flying dragon (voice of Rachel Weisz) and a comely girl warrior, Arya (Sienna Guillory), who, like Luke and Leia, join forces and wits to bring down the evil empire.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, December 15, 2006

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Maybe its just that I have had my fill of Dragon Movies the past 2 years, I mean hey how many dragon movies with different lines can you write. Farm boy finds blue egg wham blue egg pops out a dragon, dragon and boy become best friends boy meets old hero and is trained by him to become hero and save the princess, there you have it in a Nutshell. 2 stars and I am being nice. So why is this dam movie in my collection, I guess because it was on sale at Wally?s World for $2.99, And I thought I wasted 18 dollars when it came out in the theater only to be reminded when I re-watched it on DVD. PASS. A Good Teen Movie I guess

- bbcfloridabound, Monday, January 19, 2009

2 stars

A farm boy, Luke Skywalker, sets out on a journey along with his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi to save Princess Leia, who is being held captive by the evil ruler of the galaxy, Darth Vader. Oh shit! Wrong movie....Meh, close enough. Just sub in a Lord of the Rings setting, change the character names, and you have the story of Eragon.

- MovieGeek13, Monday, November 3, 2008

2 stars

"You are stronger than you realize. Wiser than you know. What was once your life is now your legend." Industrial Light and Magic special-effects wizard Stefen Fangmeier makes the leap into the director's chair with this coming-of-age fantasy concerning a young boy whose discovery of a mysterious dragon egg leads him on a predestined journey to become a Dragon Rider and defend his peaceful world against an evil king. Based on the best-selling novel by Christopher Paolini, Eragon tells the tale of the titular character (Ed Speleers), a humble farm boy living in the land of Alagasia, whose life is forever changed when he discovers that he has been chosen to fight the most powerful enemy his world has ever known. Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Djimon Hounsou co-star in a film produced by Davis Entertainment and adapted from the novel by screenwriters Peter Buchman, Larry Konner, and Mark Rosenthal. When I heard a film version of one of my favourite books was coming out, I couldn't wait and eagerly waited for it's release - only to be disappointed when it was. The acting wasn't very good apart from Rachel Weisz as Saphira, the dialogue was bad, and the story was terrible. They changed too much from the book in my opinion and their order of things was appalling. A friend of mine who is also a big fan of the novels told me of a review which is actually quite suitable. I can't remember exactly what it was, but it said something along the lines of: 'It was as if the people who made the films read the first 10 pages and then made a film out of it.' I really wish they had left Paolini's book as a book instead of making it into a film. It really felt as if they were desperately trying to fit it into an 1hr 30mins time frame, and if they had expanded it to a longer film with more accurate copying from the novel, plus a better cast, it would have been a great film. It's a shame it wasn't.

- mrpopcorn, Monday, October 6, 2008