Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Reviews

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express
October 25, 2010
The storytelling is simple and feels a little rushed. Not a classic but a good half-term option for younger children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Walsh
Independent
October 22, 2010
The stars of this computerised epic are the Design and Art departments, who provide stunning landscapes, caves and kingdoms, and whose 3D magic is genuinely thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 22, 2010
We're left with something gorgeous, turgid, and emotionally impenetrable -- less a movie, more an Imax screensaver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
Any kids' film that features owl zombies, Hitler Youth-esque adversaries and an opening fifteen minutes that evokes Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo deserves credit for being ballsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
October 21, 2010
Why spend vast amounts of money on fine animation when the script is a baffling abomination? It's an owling shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 21, 2010
It's all very weird sometimes, but engaging: a nice half-term treat for younger children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
October 21, 2010
So what if the owls' beaks look weird and there's a lot of death, slavery and brainwashing? This is a breathtakingly beautiful film for courageous kids who aren't afraid of heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 21, 2010
Spectacular animation and a terrific voice cast go a long way to making this soaring adventure feel much more original than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
October 20, 2010
This is unlikely to win Kathryn Lansky's antipodean owl fantasy any new fans, but even the bemused (and confused) can luxuriate in some grand-scale visual storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 20, 2010
There are a handful of soaring, immersive and at times beautiful fight-and-flight sequences which utilise 3D in the best imaginable way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Roark
Christianity Today
October 20, 2010
Spiritual, inspirational, and adventurous, Zack Snyder's latest -- while no masterpiece -- is a definite success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 20, 2010
Legend's ultimate saving grace is that the haunting beauty of those little round faces is assured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
October 20, 2010
Legend is cute and beautifully voiced (Sam Neill, Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving) but ruinously overlong and only shines during the closing credits which are Struwwelpeterishy sinister.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 20, 2010
A curiously humourless affair that never really takes flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
October 20, 2010
What might have come alive on the page feels oddly sterile on the screen, as everything is put right there before us in microscopically hypervivid detail and our imaginations are denied the power to soar to their own heights.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 20, 2010
Despite some beautiful animation and an impressive voice cast, this is disappointingly slow, with a dull script, a painful lack of humour and a tedious plot that gets bogged down with too many characters...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
October 17, 2010
I can forgive Guardians all of its shortcomings thanks to the 3D visuals, which had my jaw open wider than a python chowing down on an antelope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 16, 2010
... never quite has the mythic, heroic punch it tries for, but it's beautiful to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
October 13, 2010
It isn't terrible, but it is hugely disappointing, particularly because it has a nicely established aesthetic and an unusually dark tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 8, 2010
The storyline borrows heavily from familiar modern mythologies, but Snyder?s gorgeous visuals, the soaring animation and some fierce battle scenes raise the excitement level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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