The Goonies (1985)


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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus
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On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
Amblin Entertainment


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as Richard 'Data' Wang

as Andy Carmichael

as Stef Steinbrenner

as Mama Fratelli

as Troy's Friend

as Rosalita

as Mrs. Walsh

as Mr. Walsh

as Mr. Perkins

as Prison Guard

as Man in Shower

as Chunk's Father

as Chunk's Mother

as Data's Father

as Sheriff

as Troy's Friend

as Man in Shower

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as Reporter

as Tennis Player

as FBI Man
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Critic Reviews for The Goonies

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Persists as one of the great fables of young adult cinema not merely because it's very skilled at what it does, but because it weaves that magic into the minds and hearts of kids that serve as identifiable facets of our universal journey towards maturity.

Full Review… | November 13, 2014

...true to the camaraderie of boys who have been left alone to roam on their bikes.

Full Review… | June 16, 2014

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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


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

Jens S.

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

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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