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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 194
Fresh: 117
Rotten: 77

Critics Consensus: A frantic and occasional funny adaptation of Douglas Adams' novel. However, it may have those unfamiliar with the source material scratching their heads.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: A frantic and occasional funny adaptation of Douglas Adams' novel. However, it may have those unfamiliar with the source material scratching their heads.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 232,199


Movie Info

Earthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend is an alien and to top things off, Planet Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Arthur's only chance for survival: hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. For the novice space traveler, the greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends. Arthur sets out on a journey in which he finds that nothing is as it seems: he learns that a towel is … More

PG (for thematic elements, action and mild language)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Douglas Adams , Karey Kirkpatrick
In Theaters:
Sep 13, 2005
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (77) | DVD (53)

Adams would be pleased.

May 6, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The problem is not that the film debases the book but that movies themselves are too capacious a home for such comedy, with its tea-steeped English musings and its love of bitty, tangential gags.

May 2, 2005
New Yorker
Top Critic

[It has] visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura.

Full Review… | May 2, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

[The movie] captures the quizzical, quasi-spiritual nature of [Adams'] book and manages to nail a surprising number of his dry little jokes, even some that you think could work only on the page.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Top Critic

Although Hitchhiker starts out a total gas, it doesn't have enough fuel to sustain the ride, ultimately amounting to little more than some amusing gags strung together in search of a story.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

While it won't win any awards, it's fun as a time killer.

Full Review… | March 29, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Fans of the book will probably be a little disappointed, but anyone encountering the Hitchhiker's Guide for the first time should be thoroughly entertained. It is very strange and very funny in a way that Adams' work exemplified.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

"The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" is an enjoyable sci-fi romp with a strong twist of self-effacing British raillery that children of all ages will get a charge from.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009

It's hard to dislike a movie in which one of the heroes gets brain power from lemon juice.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

Considering all the things that could have gone wrong in the making of this picture, it's a minor miracle that it turned out as well as it did.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

A lot of fun and something different, poised to reach a broader audience with its silly and spirited tour of space -- which is vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big, by the way.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

"Mostly Unnecessary."

Full Review… | January 16, 2006

Devotees of the original stories are going to be frustrated that their favorite bits have been truncated or excised outright, while newbies will likely wonder what all the fuss has been about these last few decades.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Adams fans will have to content themselves with the fact that, while the film is not perfect, it is indeed the best they could realistically have hoped for.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Cute, science-fiction adventure that has inspired moments. Just not enough of them.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005

Given this fan's worst fears, The Hitchhiker's Guide is a minor pleasant surprise

Full Review… | October 6, 2005
Movie Habit

...proves that some novels just aren't filmable...

Full Review… | October 6, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

On the grand scale of adaptations, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy falls...closer to Lord of the Rings than it does The Shining, or I, Robot.

Full Review… | September 13, 2005

For all its huge sets, high-tech glitz, and CGI effects, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fails to capture the deadpan drollness of the Adams novels

Full Review… | August 31, 2005
Movie Metropolis

The world (the Universe, and Everything) is divided into fans of Douglas Adams, and those who have never read anything by the man

Full Review… | July 9, 2005

This film is a pleasant experience but a throwaway one. It is hard to be harsh on a film with as many smiles as this one. For many of us the jokes will be just too familiar.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005

...character interactions and relationships have been jettisoned in favor of wild gesticulations, frantic emoting and a heap of commotion.

Full Review… | June 28, 2005

I'll never be able to figure out how they can turn words like "go" and "no" into two-syllable words.

Full Review… | June 26, 2005
Broomfield Enterprise

The big problem with Hitchhiker, and it is a crucial one, is that the middle section of the film really isn't that interesting.

Full Review… | June 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Star Wars meet Monty Phyton.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Quirky and funny sci-fi flick. Definitely unique and worth watching.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


I keep hearing praises for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Perhaps the book is better than the film. Zooey Deschanel is quite cute though.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

This is a film with qualities that are way ahead of its time, no-one would think to make a documentary guide that has action, drama, comedy, romance and acting beyond belief. Its only made in 2005 but the realness is unbelieveable.

Scott Green

Super Reviewer

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Quotes

More popular than The Celestial Home Care of Nibus. Better selling than 53 More Things to Do in Zero Gravity. And more controversial than Oolon Collouphid's trilogy of philosophical blockbusters Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes, and Who Is This God Person, Anyway?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
Arthur Dent:
It must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
Ford Prefect:
– Submitted by Zach W (2 years ago)
Arthur Dent:
I think that door just sighed.
Marvin the Paranoid Robot:
Ghastly, isn't it? All the doors on this spaceship have been programmed to have a cheery and sunny disposition.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Marvin the Paranoid Robot:
I was talking to the navigational computer...
Arthur Dent:
Marvin the Paranoid Robot:
...It hates me.
– Submitted by Jacob A (2 years ago)
Should we put paper bags over our heads or something?
– Submitted by John S (2 years ago)

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