The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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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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Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is trying to prevent his house from being bulldozed when his friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) whisks him into outer space. It turns out Ford is an alien who has just saved Arthur from Earth's total annihilation. Ford introduces Arthur to his myriad friends, including many-headed President Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) and sexy refugee Trillian (Zooey Deschanel). Arthur makes his way across the stars while seeking the meaning of life, or something close to it.

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Yasiin Bey
Ford Prefect
Sam Rockwell
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zooey Deschanel
Tricia McMillan ("Trillian")
Warwick Davis
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Alan Rickman
Marvin the Paranoid Android
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John Malkovich
Humma Kavula
Bill Nighy
Slartibartfast
Thomas Lennon
Eddie the Computer
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Dame Helen Mirren
Deep Thought
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Derek Evans
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Robbie Stamp
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Douglas Adams
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Jay Roach
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Critic Reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (120) | Rotten (80)

  • Adams would be pleased.

    May 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
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    May 5, 2005
  • 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.

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

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
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  • [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.

    April 29, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • May 30, 2014
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has grown into a fun and cult status film. I had seen this film on release and thought it was okay but nothing special. Time has been kind to this film and it's a journey with out there plotting and characters. Its a shame the film wasn't a massive hit as it would've been nice to have further adventures. There's a variety of actors who were starting out in their careers and they maintain strong character. The film has a lot to explain and the steady use of exposition is handy to have and it's stylish. That opening credits scene is a standout. This is a bona fide cult film and deserves more recognition now that it has all but vanished from the public eye. 03/05/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • 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

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