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Eragon

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    16%
  • Audience Score
    47%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    16%
    reviews counted: 30
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  • Audience

    47%

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

3 stars

Not as bad as it could be. Yet they did cut a lot out of the book. a love or hate series i like. Not as good as LOTR but a decent fantasy story.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, March 27, 2007

3 stars

Not as bad as it could be. Yet they did cut a lot out of the book. a love or hate series i like. Not as good as LOTR but a decent fantasy story.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, March 27, 2007

2 stars

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