The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Critics Consensus

A frantic and occasional funny adaptation of Douglas Adams' novel. However, it may have those unfamiliar with the source material scratching their heads.



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Earthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend is an alien and to top things off, Planet Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Arthur's only chance for survival: hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. For the novice space traveler, the greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends. Arthur sets out on a journey in which he finds that nothing is as it seems: he learns that a towel is just the most useful thing in the universe, finds the meaning of life, and discovers that everything he needs to know can be found in one book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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Sam Rockwell
as Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zooey Deschanel
as Trish McMillan/Trillian
Yasiin Bey
as Ford Prefect
Martin Freeman
as Arthur Dent
Bill Nighy
as Slartibartfast
Anna Chancellor
as Questular
John Malkovich
as Humma Kavula
Su Elliott
as Pub Customer
Simon Jones
as Ghostly Image
Mark Longhurst
as Bulldozer Driver
Jack Stanley
as Lunkwill
Helen Mirren
as Deep Thought
Thomas Lennon
as Shipboard Computer
Bill Bailey
as The Whale
Stephen Fry
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (40)

  • Adams would be pleased.

    May 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • The problem is not that the film debases the book but that movies themselves are too capacious a home for such comedy, with its tea-steeped English musings and its love of bitty, tangential gags.

    May 2, 2005
  • [It has] visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura.

    May 2, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Capturing the wry absurdist logic of Adams' comedy, Jennings' movie delivers more laughs than a single viewing can tease out.

    Apr 30, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell
    Top Critic
  • [The movie] captures the quizzical, quasi-spiritual nature of [Adams'] book and manages to nail a surprising number of his dry little jokes, even some that you think could work only on the page.

    Apr 29, 2005
  • Although Hitchhiker starts out a total gas, it doesn't have enough fuel to sustain the ride, ultimately amounting to little more than some amusing gags strung together in search of a story.

    Apr 29, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Sep 20, 2013
    Don't Panic...Douglas Adams' cult science-fiction comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has finally been bought to the big screen. When the Earth is destroyed to make way for a galactic highway Arthur Dent is accidentally rescued by the President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and taken on a whirlwind adventure as Zaphod attempts to find the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Alan Rickman, the performances are all really good. The comedy is also extraordinarily well-written, with some brilliant satire that's quite clever. Incredibly imaginative, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a unique film that's hilarious from start to finish.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2012
    As mediocre as comedies get, for a novel-based film that indeed leaves me scratching my head throughout the whole movie about whatever joke or story it's trying to tell since I'm not familiar with Douglas Adams. From my perspective it looks more like either Spaceballs on acid or to put it better, a casual viewers' guide to incomprehension. Not so funny apart from Alan Rickman's voice of Marvin and the song "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish".
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2012
    Star Wars meet Monty Phyton.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2012
    I keep hearing praises for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Perhaps the book is better than the film. Zooey Deschanel is quite cute though.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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