Rise of the Guardians Reviews

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December 4, 2012
Less-than-compelling storyline.
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
A candy cane of a kids' flick which supplies a genuine sense of seasonal cheer.
November 29, 2012
Compare this moderate entertainment to, say, Monsters, Inc., and it really looks feeble.
November 27, 2012
'Rise of the Guardians' is an effervescent dose of fantasia that's pretty hard to dislike. Unless, of course, you're a cynical grump.
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.
November 22, 2012
A children's fable reimagined as a superhero flick--a peculiar but delightful hybrid that just may be the best animated offering of the year.
November 22, 2012
Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?
November 21, 2012
And as much as I often found myself enchanted by this 3D animated film, based on the series of books by William Joyce, I couldn't help noticing that this movie falls into a conundrum I like to call "You didn't clap loud enough -- Tinkerbell's dead."
November 21, 2012
All this feels formulaic and the believe-in-magic message is even more treacly than typical, but give first-time feature director Peter Ramsey credit for his visual panache.
November 21, 2012
A satisfying holiday treat for adults and children alike.
November 21, 2012
The Guardians make a winning team that is a prime candidate for a sequel, just like "The Avengers."
November 21, 2012
The joy of Peter Ramsey's clever and well-paced film is how it maintains its focus on the experience of childhood wonder rather than on holiday loot.
November 21, 2012
"Rise of the Guardians" seems a sure bet for kids who still believe - or wished they believed - in magic.
November 21, 2012
You'll perhaps need a little patience to fully appreciate Rise of the Guardians, which is likely to grow in stature over time.
November 21, 2012
The movie's bid for distinctiveness works in lots of little ways ...
November 21, 2012
Rise Of The Guardians boasts a great deal of visual energy and amounts to a lot of fun ...
November 21, 2012
[A] dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.
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