Guardians of the Galaxy Reviews

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July 31, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy does the impossible. Through dazzle and dumb luck, it turns the clichés of comic-book films on their idiot heads and hits you like an exhilarating blast of fun-fun-fun.
July 31, 2014
It's like the silly, superhero-loving kids goofing off in the back of the classroom looked at The Avengers and X-Men and declared, "Hey, how hard can it be to save the world? Let's do it too!"
July 31, 2014
Marvel may not see Guardians as its prize asset, but this could be the start of a truly awesome franchise.
July 31, 2014
In place of wit, "Guardians" offers a sort of generalized willingness to be amusing, an atmosphere of high spirits that feels like lots of people pumping air into a tire that has a hole in it.
July 31, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy is too loud, too long and too busy but - here's the good part - also wonderfully silly.
July 31, 2014
If Marvel is trying (in the words of one of the soundtrack's pop gems) to get us "hooked on a feeling," its job is done.
July 31, 2014
A fun, lighthearted confection that knows exactly what it wants to be and how to execute that mission.
July 31, 2014
It's the funniest of any Marvel movie yet, lending the film a lightness that goes a long way toward deflating the grandiosity that sometimes inflates and bloats the studio's films.
July 31, 2014
In many respects, "Guardians" ... is a fun and relatively fresh space Western.
Top Critic
July 31, 2014
There's plenty of heart in Guardians, but it gets its emotional heft largely from the warmth that this kind of comedy inherently contains.
July 31, 2014
The film seems content to be the class clown of the Marvel Universe, which is all well and good. But like most class clowns, sometimes you wish it would apply itself - because it seems capable of being so much more.
July 31, 2014
I didn't enjoy it enough that I will ever want to sit through it again.
July 31, 2014
It's looser, scruffier and more overtly comic than the average Marvel action fantasy.
Top Critic
July 31, 2014
Turns out the galaxy far, far away is a pretty boring place to visit without someone around to roll his eyes, put the moves on royalty, and demand to get paid.
July 31, 2014
While "Guardians" takes you down one after another crazy narrative turn, it also pulls you into - and, for the most part, keeps you in - a fully realized other world.
July 31, 2014
"Guardians of the Galaxy" brings to mind some of the most unforgettable sci-fi event movies of the last 30 years. Alas, those films are "Howard the Duck" and "Green Lantern."
July 31, 2014
To see an expensive, big-studio movie freed from creative constraints and directorial cynicism is always a rare and wondrous experience. In a season of bloated indulgence, it's also fair to call it a marvel.
July 31, 2014
Watching the zippy, ebullient Guardians of the Galaxy, you wonder "Why can't all comic-book movies be this much fun?"
July 30, 2014
I've been pretty mixed on Marvel movies over the years - some have dazzled me, others have left me depressed. But Guardians is the first one that feels excitingly unpredictable.
July 30, 2014
A summer comic-book movie that effortlessly makes you feel like a wide-eyed, happy kid again.
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