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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 20 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Innocence and joy are threatened by the Boogeyman, and from there the plot comes pretty close to mirroring this summer's "The Avengers" movie. Mostly in a good way. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    With its fanciful razzle-dazzle, Rise of the Guardians is appealing, if slightly hectic, family fare. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie lacks a resonant center. The script seems to have been written by committee, with members lobbying for each major character, and the action, set in vast environments all over the map, spreads itself so thin that a surfeit of motion vitiates emotion. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The shaggy, whimsical characters have a primal familiarity, as though they were developed by a tag team of Maurice Sendak and Walt Disney. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The characters and settings are attractively designed, and the vocal performances have real color and a sense of fun that gently undercuts the treacly sincerity of certain obligatory kid-pandering moments. show more

  • 60

    Rise of the Guardians is adapted from Joyce's book series The Guardians of Childhood. But the occasional Joycean touch aside, it bears so little resemblance to the look and feel of its source material that it ought to be considered an entirely different beast. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There's an audience for this film. It's not me. I gather younger children will like the breakneck action, the magical ability to fly and the young hero who has tired of only being a name. Their parents and older siblings may find the 89-minute running time quite long enough. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    Thoughts become things. That's the message of Rise of the Guardians, a charming if slightly dark and cobwebbed animated feature about how believing in something makes it real, or real enough. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Rise of the Guardians is enjoyable as a stand-alone adventure - not groundbreaking animation but a solidly entertaining 90 minutes for older children and adults. show more

  • June 02, 2013 kh00000000151792
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    My kids love this movie and so do I!

  • March 20, 2013 ku00000000141007
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    Best Superhero movie I have seen this year.

  • January 04, 2013 hm00000000134298
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    I think the movie is awesome. It has a lot of different characters and it makes the movie super good!

  • January 01, 2013 maxouslive
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    Totally Fun, I loved the great plot!!!

  • December 31, 2012 uy00000000099963
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    Entertaining and fun with a great message for everyone!

  • December 30, 2012 nelliebug7
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    My 5 yr. old Grandson Loved it! Great kids movie! His parents and Great Aunt loved it too!

  • December 28, 2012 cb00000000133809
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    Great - whimsical - entertaining - perfect for the whole family (ours is from 4-46)

  • December 28, 2012 yarom2
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    I realli like it!!!! amazing animation!!

  • December 27, 2012 ae00000000134053
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    I thought since it is a cartoon that as an adult I would be bored. However, I really liked the movie!

  • December 23, 2012 kszymoniak
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    LOVE IT!!! What a GREAT and CUTE kids movie!!! It has SO many positive messages. It\'s a must see movie!!!


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