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The Goonies Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

classic mid-1980s Spielberg

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

January 7, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 12, 2013
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 15, 2010
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

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

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 6/10

November 6, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

April 18, 2007
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

Full Review

March 22, 2007
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Of its type, great fun--at least for kids.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Nothing more than cookbook filmmaking.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 1, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 1, 2007
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

July 24, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

June 8, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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

| Original Score: 3/5

October 7, 2004

Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A contemporary equivalent to the Hardy Boys adventure tales.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

a nostalgic gem

| Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

A teen and pre-teen adventure tale fondly remembered by everyone I know.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2003
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