Rise of the Guardians Reviews

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July 29, 2019
I'm sure [it] will be a big hit, and kids will eat it up. But as much as I might try to simulate their point of view, I can only see it through my own battered eyeballs, which feel like they've aged 10 years in the 90 minutes spent watching it.
June 19, 2018
While the heroes of DreamWorks' film claim to be the guardians of childhood, their tattooed, hoodied posturing actually diminishes it.
April 17, 2016
Just interesting and colorful enough to hold a child's attention for 90 minutes but a thundering bore for anyone that's been around the cinematic block.
July 27, 2013
Energetic animation and a handful of amusing character touches help, but they can't compensate for the paper-thin story and muddled messages.
January 12, 2013
Alas, a sweet heart and a tender message aren't enough to save Rise of the Guardians from its overly sugary ways.
December 8, 2012
The villain begins by kidnapping Tooth's worker fairies: it's never clear how she's so human-sized and they're all fairy-sized and have no voices, or how they're the workers and she's management.
December 7, 2012
More exhausting than exciting, but there are enough amusing gags to prevent on-the-fence viewers -- and critics -- from going full Scrooge on the final product.
December 4, 2012
While the concept is novel - and the animation often dazzling - the story and characterisations soon prove trite, condescending and dull.
December 4, 2012
Less-than-compelling storyline.
December 2, 2012
Turning the Easter Bunny into a boomerang-wielding warrior voiced by Hugh Jackman isn't the worst idea. Sidelining Christmas in a Christmas film, however, just might be.
December 2, 2012
Children may well enjoy it, despite the absence of anything that might pass as imaginative sustenance.
November 30, 2012
Rise of the Guardians is harmless enough, and the lack of easy pop-culture jokes represents the post-Shrek direction of DreamWorks well enough. But this is the studio's least entertaining film.
November 30, 2012
The conceit has its charms but too much of this movie, directed by Peter Ramsey, is more clamorous than inspired, and little kids might find parts of it too scarily intense.
November 29, 2012
It takes a unique film to make Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy seem dreary or even unappealing.
November 29, 2012
Compare this moderate entertainment to, say, Monsters, Inc., and it really looks feeble.
November 29, 2012
Here is another kitschy kiddy fantasy about Father Christmas, witless, gaudy and hyperkinetic.
November 29, 2012
Deplorable.
November 28, 2012
Cartoons from the DreamWorks stable always feel rather calculated and overcooked - and Rise Of The Guardians is no different.
November 22, 2012
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.
November 22, 2012
Too cluttered and manic to bring real pleasure.
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