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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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

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

55

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

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

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Douglas Adams' oft-adapted tale of an normal guy making his way through the universe (it's already been presented as a novel, a radio serial, a television series, and a comic book) finally makes its way to the big screen in this endearingly goofy sci-fi comedy. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day -- after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect (Mos Def), is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be

Sep 13, 2005

$51.0M

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All Critics (205) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (77) | DVD (53)

Adams would be pleased.

May 6, 2005 | Comment (1)
Rolling Stone
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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
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[It has] visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura.

May 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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[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.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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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.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Galaxy is good enough to keep you rooting for it, but the mode of transport needs fresher points and plugs.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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While it won't win any awards, it's fun as a time killer.

March 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

"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.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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."

January 16, 2006 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comments (2)
MovieCrypt.com

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.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

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

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

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

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

September 13, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

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

August 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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

July 9, 2005 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Broomfield Enterprise
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.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Audience Reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Star Wars meet Monty Phyton.
July 23, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Quirky and funny sci-fi flick. Definitely unique and worth watching.
July 16, 2012
Raajay

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.
June 2, 2012
Redlats

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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.
March 24, 2012
scottgreen96

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    1. Arthur Dent: It must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (17 months ago)
    1. Ford Prefect: Lollapalooza!
    – Submitted by Zach W (18 months ago)
    1. Arthur Dent: I think that door just sighed.
    2. 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 (19 months ago)
    1. Marvin the Paranoid Robot: I was talking to the navigational computer...
    2. Arthur Dent: And?
    3. Marvin the Paranoid Robot: ...It hates me.
    – Submitted by Jacob A (20 months ago)
    1. Barman: Should we put paper bags over our heads or something?
    – Submitted by John S (21 months ago)
    1. Marvin the Paranoid Robot: Life...Don't talk to me about Life.
    – Submitted by Jared B (22 months ago)
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