Rise of the Guardians Reviews

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Tom Clift
Moviedex
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
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
November 22, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
November 12, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
November 20, 2012

The worst animated movie to ever wear the DreamWorks logo.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
Top Critic
November 21, 2012

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."

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
November 30, 2012

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
November 22, 2012

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.

Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
November 20, 2012

An act of darkest cynicism

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
November 22, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic
December 4, 2012

Less-than-compelling storyline.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 29, 2012

Deplorable.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Razak
Flixist.com
November 21, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
Eric D. Snider
Twitch
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.

John Hazelton
Screen International
November 19, 2012

[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.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
November 21, 2012

[A] dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
November 21, 2012

This 3-D cartoon manages to be frantic and bizarre, yet boring.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 29, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Mottram
The List
November 28, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
November 20, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Dan Lybarger
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 29, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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