Rise of the Guardians - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rise of the Guardians Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The film has a square-jawed elegance that occasionally hits a note of grandeur when it's not just being silly.
Eric D. Snider
July 27, 2013
Energetic animation and a handful of amusing character touches help, but they can't compensate for the paper-thin story and muddled messages.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
A beautiful fantasy adventure that might change a few minds about the power and importance of these childhood fantasy characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nour Habib
Tulsa World
March 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2013
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.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 12, 2013
Alas, a sweet heart and a tender message aren't enough to save Rise of the Guardians from its overly sugary ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 10, 2013
Rise of the Guardians delivers a giddy, kinetic excitement as its heroes whoosh and swoop through the air, or glide and skitter on ice.
December 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 23, 2012
One of the best surprises of 2012.
Liam Maguren
December 20, 2012
Delivers an entertaining twist on the fabricated mascots that kids will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
Tim Martain
The Mercury
December 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
December 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 12, 2012
This lovely fantasy has been brought to beautiful 3D life by Peter Ramsey, the visual effects are really something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
December 8, 2012
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 6, 2012
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
Tom Clift
December 4, 2012
While the concept is novel - and the animation often dazzling - the story and characterisations soon prove trite, condescending and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 4, 2012
An unusual 3D tale about a playful free spirit who is thrilled to become a Guardian who watches over children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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