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

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 5, 2014
a thrilling and exciting tale that the whole family can enjoy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 31, 2013
In an age of "let's all get along" pabulum, there's much to like in a cartoon not afraid to show its talons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
It's tough-minded and anything but happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
The repetition fatigue that plagued 300 also weakens Legend of the Guardians, but otherwise it's an entertaining, action-packed fable
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 2, 2011
...Legends Of The Guardians is nonetheless an excellent adventure that comes with plenty of heart, spectacle and that welcome darker edge that helps make a family movie great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
December 24, 2010
Elements of the story drag on longer than expected, but the film is lifted up by its dynamic visuals, exciting set pieces and terrific voice cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
December 19, 2010
...a pretty amazing step forward for a major studio work of animation.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
November 11, 2010
Such gorgeous feathery violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
October 30, 2010
'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' is just as suited to fans of Harry Potter as it is to older children who will want to enjoy this fantasy adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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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
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
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Jordan Riefe
TheWrap
July 29, 2011
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