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Rise of the Guardians Reviews

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Tom Clift

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
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

A few colorful details aside, Rise of the Guardians goes light on the type of wide-eyed wonder it purports to champion.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

All style and no substance, Rise of the Guardians' gorgeous visual presentation boasts a lot more dimension than its underwhelming script.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 12, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The worst animated movie to ever wear the DreamWorks logo.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 20, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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And as much as I often found myself enchanted by this 3D animated film, based on the series of books by William Joyce, I couldn't help noticing that this movie falls into a conundrum I like to call "You didn't clap loud enough -- Tinkerbell's dead."

Full Review Source: The Wrap

November 21, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 30, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 22, 2012
Jordan Hoffman

An act of darkest cynicism

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 3/10

November 20, 2012
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

Wraps so much kids' mythology into one holiday package that it can't avoid tangling the ribbons.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2012
Richard Roeper
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Less-than-compelling storyline.

Full Review Source: Richard | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 4, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph


Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

November 29, 2012
Matthew Razak

You leave feeling like they took the images of these characters of childhood wonder and emptied them out of all their wonder.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 54/100

November 21, 2012

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
John Hazelton
Screen International

[Rise Of The Guardians] provides plenty of action and colour for younger kids but rarely builds up the sort of emotional momentum necessary to grab the rest of the family.

Full Review Source: Screen International

November 19, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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[A] dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

November 21, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This 3-D cartoon manages to be frantic and bizarre, yet boring.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

November 21, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Here is another kitschy kiddy fantasy about Father Christmas, witless, gaudy and hyperkinetic.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

November 29, 2012
James Mottram
The List

Cartoons from the DreamWorks stable always feel rather calculated and overcooked - and Rise Of The Guardians is no different.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

November 28, 2012
Matt Pais

As vapid and false as The Polar Express, Hop and the tale of Dwayne Johnson becoming the Tooth Fairy. Combined.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 0/4

November 20, 2012
Dan Lybarger
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It takes a unique film to make Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy seem dreary or even unappealing.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 29, 2012
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