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 Site

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


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as Jamie Bennett

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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Guardians

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (33)

Less-than-compelling storyline.

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

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

An entertaining experience, whether you see it in 3-D or 2-D, 'Rise of the Guardians' is an enjoyable adventure for all ages.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The animation's usually a visual delight. There's enough visual spark and inventiveness to make this animated adventure rise above the Christmas crowd of flicks.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Guardians


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


Hopefully this will become a child's classic, because it has all the makings to be one. Fun for both adults and children, this film will remain as a steadfast children's film, simply based on the fact that the makers seriously cared that they were making a film for children. The concept is fanciful, death is handled sensibly and carefully, there's minimal violence, and the characters are all linked to traditions and mythology that still lives on in the minds of children everywhere. The action is also handled well, and the color scheme is breathtaking. The choices for the casting of this were also really interesting: Hugh Jackman as a boomerang throwing accented Easter bunny with serious attitude. Alec Baldwin as a Russian, tough guy Santa Claus. They work so well. The story even felt original, which is hard to do with characters that have been adapted and depicted in various media. This is just the best kind of children's film, sweet, simple, and lovable.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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