Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Chris Pratt
as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Zoe Saldana
as Gamora
Lee Pace
as Ronan the Accuser
Bradley Cooper
as Rocket Raccoon
Karen Gillan
as Nebula
Benicio Del Toro
as The Collector
John C. Reilly
as Rhomann Dey
Glenn Close
as Nova Prime
Gregg Henry
as Grandpa
Vin Diesel
as Groot
Josh Brolin
as Thanos
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
Tom Proctor
as Horuz
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
Marama Corlett
as Pit Boss
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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All Critics (288) | Top Critics (52)

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."

Full Review… | June 14, 2016
The Atlantic
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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

These meager pleasures are swallowed up in all the frantic action and overblown CG sequences.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Director and co-writer James Gunn brings a giddiness and a wondrous, endless sense of why-the-hell-not? possibility that's reminiscent of Star Wars.

Full Review… | August 2, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy

The type of irreverent Marvel superhero movie that we were all waiting for but have not yet admitted, and it is a wonder to see how it combines so organically a zany, quirky sense of humor with thrilling action and good unsentimental drama (like the awesome opening scene).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


All around good sci-fi fun film. The pacing was a bit off and it seemed as though there were too many characters to follow along, but it is definitely worth watching.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Guardians was a victim of hype for me. I wanted to see it in theaters because everyone was telling me how amazing it was, but I just never got to it. After watching it, I can say it is overrated but enjoyable. Most people told me it was the best Marvel film to date and I highly disagree. While the special effects and action are typically top notch, the story leaves alot to be desired. Characters motivations change in an instant and it is completely unbelievable. Obviously the characters themselves all have unique and interesting personalities and there's a couple memorable ones, but I found the film lacking the punch necessary to take it from good to great. I still prefer The Avengers or the first Iron Man as the top of the Marvel canon so far.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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