Rise of the Guardians (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rise of the Guardians (2012)



Critic Consensus: A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.

Movie Info

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes - each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and some mildly scary action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: , ,
Written By: David Lindsay-Abaire
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2013
Box Office: $103.4M
Paramount Studios - Official Site


Alec Baldwin
as North, Aka Santa Cl...
Jude Law
as Pitch
Hugh Jackman
as E. Aster Bunnymund, ...
Isla Fisher
as Tooth, aka The Toot...
Chris Pine
as Jack Frost
Dakota Goyo
as Jamie Bennett
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News & Interviews for Rise of the Guardians

Critic Reviews for Rise of the Guardians

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (33)

Less-than-compelling storyline.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Just interesting and colorful enough to hold a child's attention for 90 minutes but a thundering bore for anyone that's been around the cinematic block.

Full Review… | April 17, 2016

The film has a square-jawed elegance that occasionally hits a note of grandeur when it's not just being silly.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Energetic animation and a handful of amusing character touches help, but they can't compensate for the paper-thin story and muddled messages.

Full Review… | July 27, 2013

A beautiful fantasy adventure that might change a few minds about the power and importance of these childhood fantasy characters.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

DreamWorks' newest picture is definitely one for the kids, but director Peter Ramsey makes it fun enough to put a smile on parents' faces.

Full Review… | March 2, 2013
Tulsa World

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Guardians

When this first came out in theaters I skipped it as it didn't look as if it were my cup of tea: the animation was wrong, the concept stilted, I simply wasn't buying it. I hate it when I'm wrong. Beginning with the opening shots of Jack Frost zinging around a pond somewhere, freezing it over, this is simply an entrancing film, DESTINED TO BE A CLASSIC, hitting all the marks for truly enveloping a child's fantasy world while simultaneously reminding adults of that very same. The voice acting too is inspired. A not-to-be-missed tale of the power of dreams.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Beautifully animated adventure aiming more for a younger audience than some other genre films. On the other hand there are plenty of pretty frightening scenes for the little ones. The beautiful worlds, lovable characters and fast-paced action scenes should make for a real favorite among the target audience's films.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Although the animation was good and the story was certainly out of the box, I found its portrayals of beloved figures rather disconcerting. Who can warm up to a grumpy Russian Santa Claus who beats up the competition? Or a nasty, iconoclastic Easter bunny? It's just not a "fun" holiday film in my eyes, and seems to try too hard at being edgy.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Rise of the Guardians Quotes

Pitch: My nightmares are ready, are your Guardians?
– Submitted by Kyra B (55 days ago)
North: I hope the yetis treated you well.
Jack Frost: Oh ya... I loved being thrown in a sack and tossed through a magic portal!
North: Oh good! That was my idea!
– Submitted by Riley B (23 months ago)
Jack Frost: Do you stop believing in moon just because the sun come sup?
– Submitted by Iqra A (2 years ago)
Jack Frost: Don't look at me, I'm invisible.
– Submitted by Eve W (3 years ago)

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