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Rise of the Guardians Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: Twitch

July 27, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 21, 2013
Nour Habib
Tulsa World

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 Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2013
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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 Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2013
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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 Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

January 29, 2013
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 42/100

January 12, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

January 10, 2013

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

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 26, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One of the best surprises of 2012.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 23, 2012
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz

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

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 3/5

December 20, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

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

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B+

December 15, 2012
Tim Martain
The Mercury

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.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2012
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

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.

Full Review Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 6/10

December 12, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 12, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 8, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 6, 2012
Tom Clift
Moviedex

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

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 4, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Less-than-compelling storyline.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 4, 2012
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