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Eddie the Eagle

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United Kingdom, Germany, United States · 2016
Rated PG-13 · 1h 46m
Director Dexter Fletcher
Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Ania Sowinski
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama, History

IInspired by actual events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself. With his coach's help, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans worldwide at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

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The Film Stage by

Eddie isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but effortlessly fun, packed with irony, and ready to woo even the most unathletic children through countless TV reruns.


TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

As cinema, it’s an avalanche of feel-good clichés, but as an audience-pleasing machine, it relentlessly pursues its goal and will probably win over viewers who surrender to it.


Variety by Andrew Barker

The pic gets quite a lot of mileage out of several note-perfect musical choices...and Fletcher includes just enough odd angles and quirky compositions to suggest a slightly stranger, loopier vision for this film lurking somewhere beneath.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

The essence of what made the man inspiring to so many — it's not the winning, but the effort that's important — comes through with gonglike clarity in Dexter Fletcher's film, a straight-down-the-ramp sports tale that plays to the average man's dreams of momentary greatness.


Slant Magazine by Kenji Fujishima

It remains more committed to printing the uplifting legend of its title character than in actually examining the human beings underneath.


Empire by Olly Richards

Eddie The Eagle turns a long-running joke of British sport into a crowd-pleasing story of inspiration. It’s a solid gold winner.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

As “Forrest Gump” proved, never bet against a supportive mom. There’s a need and a market for lump-in-the-throat, feel-good treacle.


The Playlist by Russ Fischer

This gentle comedy is more interested in doing justice to the spirit of his achievement and the style of late-'80s comedy than the details of his life, but the resulting confection is sweet and simple.


Screen International by Tim Grierson

As sunny as Eddie The Eagle is, its greatest liability is that it never pushes itself, content to let an amiable true-life tale be turned into a generic genre exercise.


Time Out by Tom Huddleston

Eddie the Eagle may suffice for a brainless Friday night, but an honest account would have been a lot more memorable.

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