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The Goonies (1985)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 14

An energetic, sometimes noisy mix of Speilbergian sentiment and funhouse tricks that will appeal to kids and nostalgic adults alike.

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An energetic, sometimes noisy mix of Speilbergian sentiment and funhouse tricks that will appeal to kids and nostalgic adults alike.

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Leonard Maltin wasn't alone when he noticed similarities between Goonies and the 1934 Our Gang comedy Mama's Little Pirate. Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids (including such second-generation Hollywoodites as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids manage to befriend

Aug 21, 2001

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It's a charmless exercise: director Richard Donner turns the kids into shrieking ferrets, and his jumpy cutting seems to lag behind the action deliberately in a curious attempt to make the film seem more chaotic and cluttered.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (16)
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While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Goonies is a smooth mixture of the usual ingredients from Steven Spielberg action movies, made special because of the high-energy performances of the kids who have the adventures.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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The Goonies has every imaginable funhouse flourish. It has crooks, bats, cobwebs, skeletons, a lovable monster, an underground grotto and a treasure hidden by some of the most considerate, clue-loving pirates who ever lived.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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...true to the camaraderie of boys who have been left alone to roam on their bikes.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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classic mid-1980s Spielberg

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

An excellent child oriented fantasy adventure in the vein of "The Hardy Boys."

October 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A classic '80s action-fantasy -- tweens will love!

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

For some, The Goonies is a classic, but for others the film is simply a mediocre kids' flick.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)
IGN DVD

...lacks charm, wit, or warmth, yet appears to remain a hit with children because of its frenetic pace, slapstick gags, goofy characters, and slightly naughty language.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (12)
Movie Metropolis

You'll feel more like you were on a theme park ride than at a movie

March 22, 2007 Full Review
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Of its type, great fun--at least for kids.

February 6, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Nothing more than cookbook filmmaking.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Whether it's an organ that threatens death if the wrong note is played, a wishing well that talks back to you or a pirate ship, the surface of The Goonies is all about a child's innocence and faith in the unlikely.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Director Richard Donner captures a lovely New England-type autumn chill and the feeling of impulsive, misspent weekends.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

All parceled up in one of those gooey 'money doesn't buy happiness' endings so beloved by multimillionaire producers.

June 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (5)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Loads of fun for kids and tweeners, or at least it was back in the '80s.

October 7, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A rolicking good time is had by all in this adventure that is built on archetypal plot strands that tie together oh so well.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A contemporary equivalent to the Hardy Boys adventure tales.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

a nostalgic gem

July 11, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Goonies

So freakin' stupid. The exposition sets up all the boys' distinct personalities, only to squander the rest of the movie with unmotivated action and bland yet frantic adventure. None of the boys' traits really play into the solving of the puzzles except the stereotypical techie Asian's. Mikey's dweeby hamartia of asthma doesn't even provide an obstacle or suspense. Stuff happens to the boys, and nothing is too dangerous or scary to warrant any real emotional investment in their journey.

Also disappointing, much like with "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" and "You're killing me, Smalls," quotable gems like "Goonies never say die" and "Sloth loves Chunk" are completely lackluster in context. As for the former, I expected it to be a real club philosophy, a rallying battle cry born of a previous adventure during which they almost died but didn't, therefore cementing their stalwart courage in the face of certain death! "Goonies never say die" is only said once as a throwaway line without set-up or follow-up. As for the latter, could Sloth BE more disturbing as a child's nightmare come to life? He's the monster with soul, but the love is just played for laughs instead of true pathos.
June 1, 2014
aliceinpunderland

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Classic 80s adventure comedy with that certain suburban Spielberg feeling that will never fail to entertain on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
September 20, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Literally, everybody in my high school class had seen this movie, and we watched it one day in Earth Science (For Some strange reason) and i thought that it was okay, somewhat funny, but i just felt so left out, when everyone in my class said that they had seen this movie but i hadn't
March 24, 2013
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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"The Goonies" captures the emotions of kids to perfection, as each person has their own unique characteristic, which is what each actor has brought to the table, I know, but it works so well in this film. The adventure feel of this film is awesome and for nostalgia purposes, this film can be viewed multiple times without ever getting old. With quotable lines and quirky performances from everyone, this is a cheesy children's film I will always remember. The simple idea of a group of kids leaving their town for one last adventure has never been so much fun to watch. It's not perfect, and the script is not great, but the film is very well made and directed. This movie rocks!
January 20, 2013
KJ Proulx

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    1. Chunk: But the worst thing I ever done - I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa - and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.
    2. Jake: I'm beginning to like this kid, Ma!
    – Submitted by Adam P (9 months ago)
    1. Mikey: What about the loot?
    2. Brand: What about our lives?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (10 months ago)
    1. Mikey: How long have you guys been standing there?
    2. Brand: Long enough, Mikey. Long enough.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (10 months ago)
    1. Mikey: What about the loot?
    2. Brand: What about our lives?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (10 months ago)
    1. Mikey: How long have you guys been standing there?
    2. Brand: Long enough, Mikey. Long enough.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (10 months ago)
    1. Mikey: Shut up about that stuff, my dad'll fix it.
    2. Brand: Ya sure he will, if he gets his next 400 pay checks by tomorrow afternoon.
    3. Mikey: That's wrong, Brand! It won't happen.
    – Submitted by Dylan F (18 months ago)
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