The Goonies Reviews

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Top Critic
Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
June 8, 2015
The action at the center of Chris Columbus' script occasionally falters and generally feels manufactured, but the kids go about their chores as if convinced that all their make-believe is true.
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 20, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
May 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Nik Huggins
Future Movies UK
November 13, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 11, 2004
a nostalgic gem
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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