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Rise of the Guardians (2012)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 107 | Rotten: 38

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.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 12

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.



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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


Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family

Mar 12, 2013


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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (107) | Rotten (38) | DVD (2)

Less-than-compelling storyline.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard
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Rise of the Guardians is harmless enough, and the lack of easy pop-culture jokes represents the post-Shrek direction of DreamWorks well enough. But this is the studio's least entertaining film.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The conceit has its charms but too much of this movie, directed by Peter Ramsey, is more clamorous than inspired, and little kids might find parts of it too scarily intense.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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'Rise of the Guardians' is an effervescent dose of fantasia that's pretty hard to dislike. Unless, of course, you're a cynical grump.

November 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The script seems to have been written by committee, with members lobbying for each major character, and the action, set in vast environments all over the map, spreads itself so thin that a surfeit of motion vitiates emotion.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Too cluttered and manic to bring real pleasure.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Energetic animation and a handful of amusing character touches help, but they can't compensate for the paper-thin story and muddled messages.

July 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

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

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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.

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
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.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Alas, a sweet heart and a tender message aren't enough to save Rise of the Guardians from its overly sugary ways.

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Rise of the Guardians delivers a giddy, kinetic excitement as its heroes whoosh and swoop through the air, or glide and skitter on ice.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

In one of the best, brightest, most beautifully realised and visually sumptuous tentpole animation films of the absolute joy to behold, as lovingly made a piece of corporate entertainment as you're likely to find at the multiplex.

December 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

One of the best surprises of 2012.

December 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Delivers an entertaining twist on the fabricated mascots that kids will enjoy.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

From the wind rustling through Jack Frost's white hair to the panoramic vistas as they fly through the sky, it all looks amazing.

December 15, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Whatever its agenda might (or might not) be, Rise of the Guardians is a surprisingly rousing tale with a story that resonates easily, if not deeply.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Rise of the Guardians is both reasonably quirky and mildly serious. It wants children to believe there's more to animation than fast food tie-ins.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

This lovely fantasy has been brought to beautiful 3D life by Peter Ramsey, the visual effects are really something.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The villain begins by kidnapping Tooth's worker fairies: it's never clear how she's so human-sized and they're all fairy-sized and have no voices, or how they're the workers and she's management.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters

More exhausting than exciting, but there are enough amusing gags to prevent on-the-fence viewers -- and critics -- from going full Scrooge on the final product.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Youngsters will enjoy the diversion with the film's cute characters and creative visuals although there is a frenetic feel about the action that tends to overwhelm the story on an emotional level. As a result, there is little heart that resonates

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

While the concept is novel - and the animation often dazzling - the story and characterisations soon prove trite, condescending and dull.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex

An unusual 3D tale about a playful free spirit who is thrilled to become a Guardian who watches over children.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Guardians

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.
April 18, 2014

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Beautifully done. Stunning visuals. Funny. Enjoyable. Absolutely wonderful!...
August 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

Eternal teenager Jack Frost reluctantly joins the legendary Guardians (including Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc.) who protect the world's children from the Boogeyman. It has a few issues, and some of the action scenes look like pitches for theme park rides, but any movie that depicts Santa Claus as a tatted-up saber-wielding Cossack with an army of Yetis is at least willing to take chances.
May 11, 2013
Greg S

Super Reviewer

When darkness falls, the Guardians will rise.

Decent movie but not great! The plot is heavily about the idea of believing. We are told to believe in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, The Sandman and Jack Frost. Yet there's an underlying issue that goes unresolved. Two of the heroes - Santa and The Easter Bunny - are attached to holidays with religious themes, specifically the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. The Bunny comes close to explaining the meaning of his holiday by reminding Jack that "Easter is about new beginnings", but he stops short of getting deeper than that. It seems rather cheap to ask kids to hold on to their faith in Santa and The Tooth Fairy but makes no mention of God. What's the message there? Give us chases and fight scenes, but don't ask us for anything more. That seems rather false. Now the million dollar question: will kids enjoy it? Likely, but it will probably appeal more to the kids than to the parents. It is a fun movie with lots of bright colors and colorful characters and fun chase scenes. The villain meets an inevitable fate and the heroes are united as one. All your basic stuff. It's a good movie, an entertaining movie, but not one that is likely to be handed down through the generations. Although, be warned, The Easter Bunny sports a boomerang and your kids may want one for Christmas.

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 imaginations of children all over the world.
April 28, 2013
Manu Gino

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    1. North: I hope the yetis treated you well.
    2. Jack Frost: Oh ya... I loved being thrown in a sack and tossed through a magic portal!
    3. North: Oh good! That was my idea!
    – Submitted by Riley B (2 months ago)
    1. Jack Frost: Do you stop believing in moon just because the sun come sup?
    – Submitted by Iqra A (10 months ago)
    1. Jack Frost: Don't look at me, I'm invisible.
    – Submitted by Eve W (17 months ago)
    1. North: We are too busy bringing joy to children! We do not have time for children.
    – Submitted by Eve W (17 months ago)
    1. Bunnymund: To Christmassey, mate. Paint them blue.
    – Submitted by Eve W (17 months ago)
    1. North aka Santa Claus: You cannot say no, it is destiny.
    – Submitted by Christeane Jannah A (17 months ago)
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