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The Goonies Reviews

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Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
I find nothing entertaining about kids screaming for two hours.
| Original Score: 0/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 8, 2001
Donner's direction of Spielberg's tale is noisy, choppy and surprisingly pedestrian.
| Original Score: 61/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 18, 2007
...lacks charm, wit, or warmth, yet appears to remain a hit with children because of its frenetic pace, slapstick gags, goofy characters, and slightly naughty language.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Loud music, even louder kids, loud sound effects make for one of the most annoying motion pictures ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
R. L. Shaffer
November 6, 2010
For some, The Goonies is a classic, but for others the film is simply a mediocre kids' flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sarah Chauncey
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 15, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Marcy Dermansky
November 18, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 17, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 8, 2005
All parceled up in one of those gooey 'money doesn't buy happiness' endings so beloved by multimillionaire producers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 1, 2007
It's a charmless exercise: director Richard Donner turns the kids into shrieking ferrets, and his jumpy cutting seems to lag behind the action deliberately in a curious attempt to make the film seem more chaotic and cluttered.

TV Guide
February 1, 2007
Nothing more than cookbook filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
June 6, 2016
"The Goonies" is the kind of hyperactive peril-packed movie young audiences can't resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
June 8, 2015
The action at the center of Chris Columbus' script occasionally falters and generally feels manufactured, but the kids go about their chores as if convinced that all their make-believe is true.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The Goonies is a smooth mixture of the usual ingredients from Steven Spielberg action movies, made special because of the high-energy performances of the kids who have the adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
Sometimes nostalgia overpowers common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
One of the most memorable teen-movies of it's time
| Original Score: 4/5
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