Eli (2019) - Horror

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A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in isn't as safe as he thought.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Ciarán Foy
Stars: Charlie Shotwell, Kelly Reilly
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 98 out of 528 found boring (18.56%)

One-line Reviews (262)

The plot is very predictable and the twist of him being a Satan's offspring is an added cliche that was seen a lot of time before and doesnt even add any such shock value to a movie that rather feels quite dragging.

Good - unexpected storyline .

It's January 7th and I'm 100% this is the worst movie I'm gonna see this year.

It is kind of boring throughout the movie with its dull plot.

I'd rather watch something entertaining but terrible than something so entirely bland.

The story is weak and the scares are really predictable.

By The end it is neither frightenning or confusing, it becoms totaly stupid.

Boring, long and terrible story with a twist that will leave you annoyed and frustrated knowing that you've just wasted your precious time .

Lacking the scares with its slow direction but has a intense third act.

I liked the movie, was suspenseful, made you go, "wow, that kid is brave beyond all belief.

"Eli" is a 2019 Netflix horror movie that in its attempt to be mysterious ended up just being downright confusing.

Boring film couldn't get into it, plot was boring.

Great acting, very tense and suspenseful throughout, some of the jump scares got me even when I saw them coming.

Disjointed, confusing, and just plain goofy at times.

Another thing that makes Eli worth watching is the plot twist at the end.

Very enjoyable and a must watch if you like your horrors 👻

The plot is dull and slow moving with its direction.

Possibly the worst movie i have ever watched in my entire life

The name aside this movie is quite nicely structured and if you don't mind jump scares, you will have quite an entertaining ride.

An entertaining slow burning horror .

Mysteriousness is the skilful withholding of information, a movie becomes confusing when it inelegantly piles on the info.

Waste of time and disappointed I thought this could be a good one but it's totally bad The worst movie I ever seen

Worth the watch just for something a little different.

It's well worth watching, even if a LITTLE overboard and confusing at the end!

Enjoyable find.

What a waste of time

dull and frustrating at the second act.

Still the movie in itself is worth the watch especially for the plottwist in the end.

Don't waste your time, watch ANY other movie instead.

Prediactable and boring .

The dawdling mother, who exhibits the wrong sort of emotions and seems contrived in delivery of her shock/dismay To me the womans doubts about the treatment showed strength in clarity and her assertiveness is taken away at the end and replaced with a weak , irritating shell.

Today most of the horror movies became so predictable that if you are into this genre like as much as I am; you would surely know what's coming before it even starts.

Interesting twist on an unexpected subject .

I myself enjoyed this film it's worth watching I can't believe it's not getting a higher score.

One of a kind movie, that's why it should have higher ratings, the first three quarters of the movie is mildly good, but the ending is very unique, unexpected, and refreshing from the usual horror movies.

A waste of time.

This movie features one of the most cliche plot twists ever.

If you're bored and it's late, I'd give it a try!

The first 75% of the movie is boring.

The film will not go down as the greats but certainly an interesting, enjoyable watch.

It was really enjoyable, even for an experienced horror fan like me.

Really dont bother it's shockingly bad,cliche ridden rubbish.

SURE an entertaining horror , with unpredictable end.

But in the end everything falls flat with another cliche ending.

60 minutes of a lot of tedious attempts to scare using ghosts which really doesn't make sense with so called twist.

Great movie with unexpected twist.

Unexpected .

Enjoyable movie with a very interesting ending twist .

You know how some movies like The 6th Sense have that cool twist at the end to make it exciting and shocking?

Worst Movie Ending Ever.

I'm sure some may have found the film to be slow at times or slightly confusing.

Overall, I liked it, and I'm glad the film took risks by being different instead of following the typical cliché ghost story formula.

One of the absolute worst movies that I've ever seen !

Now this movie was so SLOW!

It's a little boring at times and mostly filled with jump scares.

I wouldn't waste my time watching this had I known where it was leading.

It will keep you watching till the end and although slightly cheesy, it's a very unexpected ending.

It is absolutely worth the watch if you are the type of person who doesn't have to analyze every word and step a character makes in a movie!

The story is interesting and the end is unexpected.

Lacked vision but still enjoyable.


I fell asleep.

But when things seem to get worse and worse with every day passing, and treatments getting more intense, Eli uncovers secrets that lie deep within the facility, that will turn his own and everyone else's lives upside down with apocalyptic consequences.

It was so cliché with a veey poor plot twost that never makes sense to anyone who knows a bit about horror movies.

Worth the watch.

The ghosts were a surprise, yet a typical cliche.

However, despite the flaws, Eli is one of the entertaining horrors with decent scares.

the most questionable, generic and boring part of the movie the script starts changing the direction it's heading for.

Waste of time , bad story .

It went from being boring to suddenly getting a turn that was hysterically idiotic.

Entertaining .

Boring to watch.

Pointless satanic themes at the end that imply satan should be "stronger" than Christians.

Bad acting and a disjointed plot, if you can call it a plot.

The second act was slow and boring.

Why tell a compelling story when you can half ass three instead.

It's not a scary film as such, more of an intense thriller.

Throughout the film it attempts to keep the viewer on their toes, making it very obvious from the get go that not all is as it seems, but in order to maintain the surprise of the twist ending throws out a number of red herrings and the eventual twist comes so far out of left field that there is no reason to suspect it, so it comes across as disjointed and confusing.

For me, the ending made the whole movie worth watching.

You get to a point of total confusion from the twist in the end though.

Worth watching if you like the genre.

The first part of the film is slow and mostly revolves around the question if the hauntings are real of the side effects of the gene therapy that he is receiving.

For sure one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Don't waste your time...

Bored to freaking death!

With a 'confusing' twist.

" My forehead still hurts from how long I was in a state of confusion.

Unpredictable .

I can't say that I was bored while watching it, which is weird and unexpected.

The actors carry an otherwise dull plot.

Boring, formulaic and predictable.

Thoroughly enjoyable horror.

The build up I enjoyed with a mind blowing ending.

Surprise unexpected twist at the end.

Dont waste your time like i did

But this was surprising, and I really enjoyed it!

Pointless ghost and ending .

However, as the film went on, I was pleasantly surprised (and scared senseless for a while there) that the plot was far from predictable.

It starts exciting but turns dull after literally ten minutes.

Well worth the watch .

No story (please guys do your homework before trying to act like a writer, please), no acting, no cinema, no horror.

A good solid movie, I enjoyed it, was not prepared for the end and found it entertaining enough to leave a comment.

Conveying a lot of intense emotions without overdoing it.

A Big milshake of the cliché horror movie , worst movie i see this year

Entertaining and claustrophobic throughout.

Underrated at the time of writing (5.8/10)I like suspenseful, creative movies and this one was a surprisingly positive experience.

The twist was worth watching the movie.

" There's some suspenseful, dramatic and eerie moments and Lili Taylor (The Haunting) & Sadie Sink (Stranger Things) are also featured.

Don't waste your time because I wasted mine on this crappy movie.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, constantly questioning what the ghosts he was seeing were.

It's cliché...

Towards the end it is getting more dramatic with a little - rather unexpected - twist in the story, finally!

One of the most boring films I've ever seen turned this off after 45mins to bite my toe nails.

Interesting plot, good acting, worth watching, although at some point you kind of know were the plot is going.

It's mind blowing.

It was predictable and the end was utterly disappointing.

it started scary but in the end very exciting and an unexpected ending that made the whole movie even better.

It's not a masterpiece, mind you, but it's definitely very entertaining and keeps you guessing till the end.

I enjoyed this film, maybe because I am really not into horror, but I found this entertaining.

Thinks in the centre rapidly go south with Eli being dragged along the floor by an invisible being by his finger nails.

The twist was good but the build up was far too slow, so it was boring and dull to watch.

soooo LONG and nothing happens.

Not scary, but intriguing.

You will be on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Complete waste of time.

As for the horror it might be mild for the hardcore horror fans but still it is entertaining.

It could be an entertaining experience, as long as you don't mind trademark Netflix mediocrity at its worse, and you aren't expecting anything impressive.

Nonetheless entertaining for 98 minutes, with a twist ending you'll never see coming and makes you wanting more.

Boring and lazy "The Omen" wannabe.

There are countless movies with children and their dark secrets, millions of movies with old and dark manor houses and plenty of boring stories being told.

Keeps attention well enough but is both boring and too fast.

Good effects throughout, Eli dragged by invisible figures, apparently dead figures reaching for him.

So many questions, this keeps you guessing until the powerful, frightening, somewhat unexpected ending.

Don't waste your time .

To summarize, "Eli" is entertaining enough to enjoy the ride and has even enough material for a sequel.

Worth the watch

Eli is a decent slow burning horror about a kid with auto-immune disorder who discovers that his doctor might have sinister motives.

Worst movie of the year .

Although it didn't made me sit on the edge of my chair most of the times, the scary feeling is there and will keep you questioning enough to keep this movie entertaining.

" And then the ending, makes the whole movie not scary, or suspenseful.

The twist at the ending explains what is really going on and for most people will be unexpected.

It was all adding up to a good and interesting thriller with some decent enough shocks thrown in - and then came the last quarter of the movie or so, when this simply took on completely unexpected (not to mention silly, ridiculous, and foolish) religious angle that turned it into little more than yet another ho-hum "spawn of Satan" movie.

I use the skip 10 seconds ahead frequently during the 4th or 5th sequence of the jump scare/dream type sequences which went on far too long.

The special effects were clean and stunning too.

The movie is very slow and vague in a bad way for about 3/4 of the film.

The worst movie I ever seen in my life , every thing is so bad

The only tension was lost as the story line became predictable and there wasn't enough jump scares.

Don't waste your time .

Too cliché .

Average horror movie, worth the watch if there isn't anything better.

Entertaining .

The story may seems like a cliche and until half of the movie is like you've seen it before.

There's a second, unexpected twist at the end.

The plot is confusing, although a few of the special effects were interesting.

I suppose in some ways it deserves credit for not telegraphing that right from the start, but I just felt kind of let down when the story took such a weird and unexpected turn.

Solid story that makes perfect sense with unexpected ending.

-Most repetitive movie since Double Down.

However, the movie is a bit slow paced and you'll have sometimes the feeling they tried to make it artificially longer.

Right off the bat, it is pretty intense and it leaves you curious enough to see what is going on.

worth watching .

Strange in a bad confusing way .

The performances are good, the scares are creepy, and the plot twists are unexpected.

Literally the worst movie of all time.

I cannot believe that I fell for this movie, it's so lame and a waste of time, this is why I'm canceling Netflix (along side with the cancelation of The OA and Friends from College)Seriously don't waste your time!

Bland .

Enjoyable watch with a cheesy ending.

Some stuff is unbearable regarding kids: A child undergoing treatment, specially with a bone punch, needles n syringes, etc. is a bit upsetting.

The action was very slow it was pretty boring only in last 5-10minutes something happened.

The acting was overall good, the plot quite intriguing.

The ending is clever and unexpected and ties the story's plot line into a satisfying overall package.

From the beginning it is painfully obvious that they are trying to warn Eli that he is in danger, but they at some points want him to leave and at others want him to uncover the mystery, later they are completely gone from the movie.

Don't waste your time om this one.

It lulls you into that false sense of security with a very promising start.

And the ending twist is unpredictable.

Waste of time.

The Videography and production for this film is stunning with amazing camera angles and special Efx the tone of the film is bleak but it was very enjoyable to watch.

Good atmosphere, kinda boring .

The ending was intense, well-acted, and surprising.

,when he revealed his true self.. Skip this, don't waste your time

However, the ending was unpredictable and could not be foreseen.

I saw this movie before it got any rewievs and thought then I can only bet it's worth watching.

Weird and confusing.

The movie is really boring ,there is no sense of grim or any distress even in tense scenes.

Worth the watch.

The film tries for some cheap scares with something popping out which was predictable.

But then it took a nose dive into the worst movie tropes.

The ending was lazy, boring, and over done.

Eli is innovative I thought, it's entertaining from beginning till the end, and that mostly due to the constant mystery that hovers over the movie.

Wouldn't recommend at all, waste of time.

It's not great - it's not The Shining, The Changeling, or The Exorcist - but it's a fairly original movie that's worth the watch.

Predictable and filled with clichés and poor acting.

Predictable Until...

Bottom Line, worth the watch.

Finally a movie worth watching .

This is yet another horror flick failing to deliver any substance: hollow characters, repetitive conflict, and basic jump scares.

I give one star to can add a review 👎🏽 the worst movie ever....

All in all I enjoyed it though, it was fun and unexpected.

As the plot progresses it gets very interesting and gripping.

An enjoyable watch, and an awesome ending.

100% a entertaining movie that I recommend people to watch.

Cliché after cliché after cliché.

The ending makes up for the horrible dragging first half of the movie that felt somewhat cliche.

In general, «Eli» in my opinion turned out to be moderately fascinating and sometimes inventive horror, capable of both intriguing and surprising.

Enjoyable and original film.

It kept me hooked but to be frank, the ending was unexpected and I was not much impressed by it.

A hour and 15 minutes of a fairly good build up of a predictable story.

" It's a simple, suspenseful first-rate movie that catches the eye on the screen.

But I enjoyed it !

The "genre" changes were very odd and unexpected to me.

Its as if someone trim and paste another movie into this movie cause everything doesnt make sense so to me, this show is a complete waste of time.

Very unpredictable.

Don't waste your time .

That's how boring that movie was.

Got kind of a spooky atmosphere, some scenes were truly frightening and it felt like the plot would turn some unexpected way...

This is by far one of the worst movies out there.

It starts painfully boring and slow then out of no where its fast and crazy.

It's worth watching imo

If you can get past the third act I think you can get some enjoyable in the first 2 acts though there isn't anything really special from other ghost stories before it

Don't waste your time with this one unless you like being cheated out of your precious movie viewing time.

An entertaining horror, with an unpredictable twist at the end .

Another b-cliche movie from Netflix .

Eli is a horror film that is slow building with a concept about an auto immune disorder which the boy has to stay inside a house that is sanitized and hoping the doctors there can cure him.

And it's very gripping.

Overall, the movie presents several good ideas that could have made two or three decent films, but when put all together it comes across as a confusing mess.

Really bummed to be honest, as we were hoping for a thrilling, unique take on the original Bubble Boy story.

At the first act, the movie is intriguing.

Yet another netflix movie where they had an idea and half of the script but instead working on it to make it original the just fused it with completely different one using all cliché that they could.

Enjoyable film with a satisfying ending twist .

While the movie may not have much action, cheap scares, and lazy writing , the payoff was entertaining and worth the wait!

Total waste of money and time.

I'm a fan of suspenseful thriller types of 'ghost movies', not a fan of demonic,gory, violent or bloody movies.

I mean, it was an interesting movie and had some jump scares, but the flip-flops in the parents made the plot twist too confusing to appreciate.

Very predictable.

The most truly embarrassing thing about watching "Eli" is that I actually enjoyed it for about three quarters of its runtime.

Omg don't waste your time.

Visually "Eli" feels like a big budget flick, there are few memorable frames, great FX (albeit lots of paranormal horror cliche scares and effects) and well done cinematography.

Unexpected .

This is a complete waste of time.

This movie gave me an unexpected ending, good atmosphere and suspense.

The direction and acting get a lot out of the atmosphere and some of the jump scares of the script so the film is engaging while watching it.

This is a story that you THINK you know what is going on or what will happen, but then it surprises you with a plot twist that makes it all the more entertaining.

This "The Haunting" formula (with the same actress, Lili Taylor) is watchable, even engaging and well-acted in parts, until the point where it completely falls apart during the unfathomably ludicrous "The Exorcist" parody (when we prepared to hear the boy start shouting in Linda Blair's voice).

Definitely not a must see, but ok for a slow TV night.

In general i thought it was quite good but at the start i felt like they were trying too hard with the jump scares but then it got better with all the plot twists and the events of the movie and i enjoyed it

Enjoyable film on a dark Friday night.

It was creepy enough to stay entertaining...

Eli really keeps you on the edge and has you guessing what the heck is going on from scene to scene.

There was some spooky stuff and the plot twist was unpredictable.

All I want to say is this is really confusing, I do not get.

Emotionless and boring, Taylor didn't seem to know what went on in this story.

And it was a bit confusing, cuz it was a lot of details to handle all at once.

A bit bland, but still enjoyable and, what's more, not predictable .

I think it's a really great movie, it was a little thrilling.

It meanders to the point that its boring.

The worst movie I've watched this year.

This movie was so predictable it was nauseating.

the plot and ending were both very confusing and i didn't know what to think or how it really ended.

The movie makes a nice promise and is quite mysterious at The behinning, but then just slips into confusion and nonsence.

But while it is not great, it is entertaining enough.

Otherwise, the acting is pretty good, with a surprisingly good performance by the child actor (until the twist, where he portrays the confusion and anger that the audience is feeling).

It was an enjoyable film, albeit with a surprise ending that was totally unexpected.

Waste of time .