The Goonies Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
November 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
June 16, 2014
...true to the camaraderie of boys who have been left alone to roam on their bikes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 7, 2014
classic mid-1980s Spielberg
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 12, 2013
An excellent child oriented fantasy adventure in the vein of "The Hardy Boys."
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
A classic '80s action-fantasy -- tweens will love!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
November 6, 2010
For some, The Goonies is a classic, but for others the film is simply a mediocre kids' flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 18, 2007
...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 | Original Score: 5/10
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 22, 2007
You'll feel more like you were on a theme park ride than at a movie
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
February 6, 2007
Of its type, great fun--at least for kids.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 1, 2007
Nothing more than cookbook filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 1, 2007
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.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 24, 2006
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.
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Director Richard Donner captures a lovely New England-type autumn chill and the feeling of impulsive, misspent weekends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 8, 2005
All parceled up in one of those gooey 'money doesn't buy happiness' endings so beloved by multimillionaire producers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 7, 2004
Loads of fun for kids and tweeners, or at least it was back in the '80s.
| Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
October 6, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2004
A contemporary equivalent to the Hardy Boys adventure tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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