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February 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The Eagle, say most critics, is one of those Roman-era swords, sandals, and muscles epics that test the determination of the audience to remain awake during the action, or inaction, as the case may be. “All roads lead to boredom,” writes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News. “The Eagle is a long slog,” says Kyle Smith in the New York Post. “Lumbering along for a bit less than two hours, which passes like three, it feels more like a chore than like an adventure,” comments A.O. Scott in the New York Times. “The Eagle has landed … with a thud,” writes Lisa Kennedy in the Denver Post. And there’s this snore from Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe: “This is a dull, nearly womanless affair … [in which] calls to ‘muster the men’ inspire giggles.” Nevertheless, several critics not only stayed quite awake throughout the movie but ended up appearing like Roman emperors, giving the Roman epic a decisive thumbs-up. Among them, Mr. Thumbs Up himself, Roger Ebert. “The Eagle is a rip-snorting adventure tale of the sort made before CGI, 3-D and alphabet soup in general took the fun out of moviegoing,” he writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. And his fellow Chicagoan, Michael Phillips of the Tribune, similarly remarks that the movie recalls Hollywood’s “heyday in fairly entertaining fashion.”