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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

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

Movie PG 2006 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 8+

You should read the book before watching the movie.

I read the book and it was great. They left out a lot of parts that I felt were very important. There were too many flashing lights. I had to close my eyes more than once because it was too bright. I feel like the best part was when Saphira hatched out of her egg.

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Too much violence
age 13+

Eragon Review

Eragon is an underrated fantasy trip with it’s fantastic story, cool props, and pretty beautiful music.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (63 ):

For a movie about flying dragons, ERAGON is disappointingly flatfooted. With plot points borrowed from a range of other movies -- whether great like Star Wars or dismal like Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker -- it tells the tale of an ordinary-seeming boy, Eragon, who's destined for great things.

It's hardly a good sign that much of the back story must be narrated (by Irons) before the movie really begins. The unnecessarily talky set-up names some of the different types of creatures in Alagaësia (bad Urgels and Ra'zac, mostly good humans), then goes on to describe Eragon's reactions and feelings, even when you can see them yourself. At 17, he's not exactly a child, but he still grows up quickly under the auspices of Obi-Wan-like Brom and flying, fire-breathing, cranky dragon Saphira (voiced somewhat stiffly by Rachel Weisz). Their approaches to his education are different, but both intend to get him ready to reintroduce the grandeur of the dragon riders back into current lore.

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