Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.

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From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance. (C) Walt Disney

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Cast

Chris Pratt
as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Lee Pace
as Ronan the Accuser
Bradley Cooper
as Rocket Raccoon
Benicio Del Toro
as The Collector
John C. Reilly
as Rhomann Dey
Glenn Close
as Nova Prime
Gregg Henry
as Grandpa
Laura Haddock
as Meredith Quill
Sean Gunn
as Kraglin/On Set Rocket
Peter Serafinowicz
as Denarian Saal
Krystian Godlewski
as On Set Groot
Wyatt Oleff
as Young Quill
Janis Ahern
as Meredith's Mother
Solomon Mousley
as Meredith's Brother
Lindsay Morton
as Meredith's Best Friend
Robert Firth
as Dr. Fitzgibbon
Nick Holmes
as Horuz' Mate
Max Wrottesley
as Sacrificed Nova Corpsman
Stan Lee
as Xandarian Ladies' Man
Nicole Alexandra Shipley
as Pretty Xandarian
Sharif Atkins
as Nova Arresting Pilot
Brendan Fehr
as Corpsman Dey's Partner
Tomas Arana
as Kree Ambassador
Mikaela Hoover
as Nova Prime's Assistant
Emmet Scanlan
as Head Riot Guard
Dominic Grant
as Angry Guard
Spencer Wilding
as Mean Guard
Alison Lintott
as Sad Woman With Horns
Alexis Rodney
as Moloka Dar
Nathan Fillion
as Monstrous Inmate
Keeley Forsyth
as Mottled Prisoner
Frank Gilhooley
as Burly Prisoner
Alexis Denisof
as The Other
Enzo Cilenti
as Watchtower Guard
Richard Katz
as One Legged Prisoner
Enoch Frost
as Rifle Guard
Ronan Summers
as "Drop the Leg" Guard
Laura Ortiz
as Tortured Pink Girl
Rosie Jones
as Ladies Of The Boot of Jemiah
Abidemi Sobande
as Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Alex Rose
as Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Ekaterina Zalitko
as Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Emily Redding
as Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Stephen Blackehart
as Knowhere Dispatcher
Jennifer Moylan-Taylor
as Sad Krylorian Girl
Bruce MacKinnon
as One-Eyed Ravager
Ralph Ineson
as Ravager Pilot
Rob Zombie
as Ravager Navigator Voice
Naomi Ryan
as Nova Centurion
John Brotherton
as Nova Starblaster Pilot
Graham Shiels
as Alien Nova Pilot
James Gunn (II)
as Maskless Sakaaran
Doug Robson
as Maskless Sakaaran
Rachel Cullen
as Corpsman Dey's Wife
Isabella Poynton
as Corpsman Dey's Daughter
Imogen Poynton
as Corpsman Dey's Daughter
David Yarovesky
as Goth Ravager
Miriam Lucia
as Crying Xandarian Citizen
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Critic Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy

All Critics (316) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (288) | Rotten (28)

  • If Guardians of the Galaxy is an origin story, it is also a satire of the origin story, one that emphasizes the power of the "We" over that of the "Chosen One."

    Jun 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • In proper "who gives a toss?" B-movie tradition, Guardians of the Galaxy takes us into the silly section of the Marvel Universe.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Blessed with a loose, anarchic B-picture soul that encourages you to enjoy yourself even when you're not quite sure what's going on, the scruffy Guardians is irreverent in a way that can bring the first Star Wars to mind.

    Sep 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The lightly derisive, live-action-cartoon tone robs the movie of any majesty, even of the comic-book type, and the many violent deaths of their suitable gravity.

    Sep 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • These meager pleasures are swallowed up in all the frantic action and overblown CG sequences.

    Sep 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Chris Pratt, overflowing with charisma, plays the leader of the pack of misfits, and his blissed-out space cowboy (with a love for seventies music) is so full of good will that he buoys the film and its requisite whizbang special effects.

    Sep 5, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy

  • May 27, 2017
    the fox/rat/gerbil character was an interesting novelty as was saldana as the green lady. groot the tree became a little tiresome alot quickly and the big blue chap was totally dull. never seen chris pratt before in anything but he was alright. i kinda cared about whether he ended up wormbait or not despite his mixtape, doubling as the soundtrack, being a load of old cobblers. the supporting cast was a definite positive with benicio, glen & djimon being worthy distractions from the, at times, super sillyness. really enjoyed the sheer vastness of the environment. there was even that one bit where everyone was in the head of a giant dead elder god or some sh... i'm glad though that johnny cage and his cohorts finally defeated shao khan with a little help from a slightly confused kano! it's a compliment that i'm comparing it!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2016
    Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most surprising comic book films I've ever seen. Here's what I liked. Positives: 1. The characters; The lead characters are a odd mix. We don't know anything about these characters, so is this a hit or a miss? The characters are a huge hit and I want more of them! Chris Pratt is awesome as Star-Lord, he is funny but he also has some heart to him. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is badass and pretty sexy too. Dave Bautista as Drax surprised me, he was really cool and you honestly feel for him and understand where he's coming from. Groot is like the Chewbacca of the group and he is awesome. Rocket Raccoon is my favourite character in this movie, this little critter stole every scene he was in and he was by far the most funniest character out of all of them! 2. The tone and writing; this is by far the funniest MCU film I've seen so far. This film avoids cliches and is very self aware and picks perfect moments for humor! This film does also have some emotional moments such as the whole thing with Peter Quill's mom, Groot dying, as well as some other moments. This film does remind me of Star Wars, infact I think this film is like Star Wars mixed with The Avengers with more humor. 3. The visuals; this film is shot mainly at a studio with green screen but honestly the CGI and green screen looks fine, because this film is written so well that the CGI doesn't take me out of the film. Some of the locations look breathtaking too. Negatives: 1. The villain; my only complaint with this film is Ronan the Accuser. He's very flat and bland in my opinion. He could've been more compelling or maybe just as silly or absurd like the main heroes, then he would've been a great villain. Sadly he sticks out like a sore thumb in my opinion. It doesn't offend me or piss me off when he's on screen its just I felt like he could've been better. Just a minor nuisance. Overall: Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my favourite comic book films! It is by far the funniest MCU film I've seen and it is one of the funniest comic book films I've seen! This film could've easily not worked, but they nailed it and I can't wait for Vol. 2!
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2016
    One of if not my favorite film in the marvel cinematic universe. It has a lot of funny, action packed, dramatic and definitely memorable moments. The characters where funny and likable, every single one of them. There was also good chemistry between each character. At the start of the film the 5 characters seem so evil constantly trying to kill one another. But at the end of the film all of the characters are heroes. It's just seems strange that 5 criminals turn into 5 heroes in the short amount of time that film lasted. However it is still one of my favorite superhero movie.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    Isn't it incredible how a group that nobody knew about like the Guardians of the Galaxy, can be made into such a visual masterpiece. The greatness that director James Gunn gives to this already well-established universe is incredible. The movie has a great structure and plot that centers around these very amusing characters that you can't help but love, and that says a lot given the fact that the greatest characters in this movie is a living tree and a talking raccoon. This movie is also great in itself and doesn't really serve the greater good of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it doesn't have to. This is a great movie, with or without the MCU.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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