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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 6, 2005
Adams would be pleased.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 5, 2005
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 2, 2005
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2005
[It has] visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 29, 2005
[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.
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
April 29, 2005
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.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 29, 2005
Galaxy is good enough to keep you rooting for it, but the mode of transport needs fresher points and plugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 29, 2005
The long-overdue screen adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is likely to amuse and vex fans while leaving casual observers mildly baffled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 29, 2005
Audiences will be won over from the first sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2005
They've finally gone and made a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie. And they've blown it. Not completely. Just enough to break an interstellar hitchhiker's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 29, 2005
It's a mutant piece of entertainment that's bound to leave fans feeling betrayed and everyone else befuddled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 29, 2005
It will be enough of a triumph for some fans that Hitchhiker finally got made. But anyone truly interested in Arthur and Ford and the gang -- anyone who wants to laugh a lot, anyway -- needs to migrate back to the books.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 29, 2005
A beautifully odd duck and a faithful-in-spirit adaptation of Douglas Adams' iconic sci-fi ramble.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 29, 2005
By the film's final third, you begin to wonder when, or if, it is going to reach a conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 29, 2005
Hitchhiker is a one-off parody of a certain moment in arrested adolescence, but it's a charming way to look at the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 29, 2005
It's impossible to dislike a film where the hero, a mild-mannered Englishman named Arthur Dent, traverses the universe in his bathrobe because Earth was destroyed before breakfast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 29, 2005
Adams' wordplay and irreverence are aimed roughly at the level of a sharp 14-year-old, but the movie is so engaging, it just about makes everyone feel 14 again.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 29, 2005
Given the movie's peculiar context, [the book] should be required reading before anyone is allowed into the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 29, 2005
A movie that's clever, packed with dry humor and afflicted by occasional patches of dullness.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 29, 2005
The target audience seems to be the many fans of Douglas Adams' absurd-intelligent, quantum-physics, sci-fi comedy-adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 29, 2005
The film is way too goofy for all but the most thumbstruck Hitchhiker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 29, 2005
Like The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, but with much less visual charm, it is a conceit with little to be conceited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2005
There are some inspired off-the-wall moments, but they are more than offset by a pervasive aura of tedium and the lack of any sense of the forward momentum necessary to sustain an adventure of this kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 28, 2005
A pleasant surprise.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
April 28, 2005
The long-awaited film adaptation of Douglas Adams' wildly popular 1970s radio series turned book series turned British television series keeps most of the concepts and humor intact.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2005
Lost in a time warp of its own doing (or non-doing), Hitchhiker's Guide just doesn't seem terribly original.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 28, 2005
Hugely likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2005
This very funny, very British movie has sci-fi effects that are impressive yet appropriately cheesy.
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April 28, 2005
An extremely pleasant, consistently amusing diversion that is never as uproarious as you might hope.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 28, 2005
Purists may miss their favorite bits or raise eyebrows over the somewhat altered ending, but the book's goofball -- and very British -- humor survives intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 28, 2005
For the most part, this big-screen re-telling of Adams' inaugural book plays it safe, offers some solid performances and nice special effects, and provides some chuckles along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 28, 2005
Stays reasonably close to the story's whimsical rudiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 28, 2005
Although clever and zany, the pacing is problematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2005
Even if this new version of Hitchhiker doesn't quite capture it all, you'll still want to stick your thumb out and catch a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 28, 2005
One of those tone-deaf adaptations where they use the characters, parts of the plot and even some words from a famous book, and create something that feels nothing remotely like the book.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
April 26, 2005
Inheriting baggy source material, talky pic remains more smile-inducing than laugh-aloud funny and has pacing and coherence problems. Thankfully, strong visuals and sight gags punch up the package.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2005
While the long-awaited movie version has some trouble sustaining the blissfully ironic, witty irreverence that was the Adams sensibility, the fact that it hits the nail on the head to the extent it does should come as great relief to the legions of fans.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
April 26, 2005
Studiously harmless, Disney's long-in-development film rendition pasteurizes the book's renegade verve with typical means: special effects and gooey romance.