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New Eddie The Eagle movie got mixed reviews from top critics. 20th Century Fox released their new drama flick, “Eddie The Eagle,” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews have been served up by the top movie critics.

It turns out that they were pretty mixed when it comes to this one , giving it an overall 53 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews at Metacritic.com. The movie stars: Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics, below.

Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 score, saying: “Inspiring, or amusing? Appealingly, Eddie the Eagle invites both tags.”

Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 75 score. He said: “Director Dexter Fletcher paints Eddie’s story in broad, bold strokes, never missing an opportunity to milk a suspenseful dramatic turn or go for the relatively easy laugh — but it’s a style well-suited to this wonderfully ridiculous story.”

Ann Hornaday over at the Washington Post, gave it a 75 grade, stating: “Eddie the Eagle leaves viewers buoyed by satisfactions unique to classic come-from-behind stories. Even when it’s as ungainly and cravenly audience-pleasing as its protagonist, it soars.”

Joe McGovern from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score. He claims: “The movie version of his life, fittingly, is a massive vat of hot cocoa with a mountain of whipped cream on top — sweet and warm and made with a ­mission to satisfy everyone who takes a sip.”

Gary Goldstein from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 70 grade, saying: “Director Dexter Fletcher (“Sunshine on Leith”) keeps things enjoyably hurtling forward, even when the otherwise engaging script by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton overworks a cliché, shorthands certain practical and financial matters, or proves a bit one-note.”

Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it a 55 grade. He said: “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.”

Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a 50 score. She said: “Hugh Jackman, as a (fictional) former American jumper named Bronson Peary, enlivens things a little.”

Mick LaSalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Maybe it’s unfair, but I came away feeling cheated by Eddie the Eagle. It’s a jolly real-life tale about an underdog who made a splash at the 1988 Winter Olympics, and it does make you feel good, but it turns out that the film’s story is 90 percent fiction.”

Peter Travers from the Rolling Stone, gave it a 50 score, saying: “The filmmakers don’t trust us to understand what Eddie is feeling about the Olympics without blaring a musical message from Hall and Oates on the soundtrack, “you make my dreams come true.”

Andrew Barker from Variety, gave it a 50 score. He said: “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.”

John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “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.”

Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times, gave it a 40 grade, saying: “This film doesn’t seem to trust the inherent likability of his story. The director, Dexter Fletcher, and the writers, Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton, load it up with tropes that actually make it less endearing.”

Christy Lemire over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 score, stating: “Slapstick mishaps and—ultimately—feel-good triumph of sorts ensue, with plenty of perky training montages in between.”

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 30 grade, saying: “A shamelessly fictionalized biopic.”

Lastly, Stephen Whitty from the New York Daily News, gave it a really bad 20 score, claiming: “Hugh Jackman doesn’t play Wolverine in Eddie the Eagle, which is too bad. The film deserves to be slashed to bits.” Stay tuned.

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