Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Reviews

Page 1 of 7
Jeff Beck
September 23, 2012
While it was a delight to look at, it might have been something really special had it had a stronger, more compelling story behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
Any kids' film that features owl zombies, Hitler Youth-esque adversaries and an opening fifteen minutes that evokes Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo deserves credit for being ballsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
September 29, 2010
I had a lot more fun earlier in the year watching talking toys and fire-breathing dragons.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 23, 2010
Even if the plotting is hurried and the dialogue is flat, the movie has a lush, detailed look that at least partially makes up for its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
October 13, 2010
It isn't terrible, but it is hugely disappointing, particularly because it has a nicely established aesthetic and an unusually dark tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 24, 2010
If you're taking your kids, you should know this isn't a kids' movie. It's being promoted as "from the studio that brought you Happy Feet." But this is Angry Talons.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Andrew Barker
September 20, 2010
Director Zack Snyder attempts to shoehorn his heavily art-directed mayhem into a kiddie-pic mold with predictably ill-fitting results.
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
September 22, 2010
Director Zack Snyder is one of the most exciting, unpredictable filmmakers around, and after watching this one, well, you can still say he's unpredictable, if not always exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
September 29, 2010
It feels as if everybody's just trying a little too hard to be epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
September 23, 2010
But pretty pictures do not a good movie make (I'm looking at YOU, "Avatar.") And "Legends of the Guardians" is not a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 24, 2010
Snyder and his crew have made a film for an improbably narrow audience -- I can imagine 12 1/2-year-old boys being enthralled by it -- but they've made it with such skill and care it's more a shame than a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
September 24, 2010
Brilliant visuals aside, bird-brained jumps litter the plot. E.g., baby sis' terrible malady, gl-owl-coma if you will, inexplicably disappears moments later. Talk about your fly-by-night conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
It's a shame that the painstaking work of the CGI animators was ultimately doomed to failure by the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
October 20, 2010
What might have come alive on the page feels oddly sterile on the screen, as everything is put right there before us in microscopically hypervivid detail and our imaginations are denied the power to soar to their own heights.
Craig Mathieson
September 30, 2010
Ill-balanced between a younger and older children's audience. Its unexpected harshness wipes away the appeal of well wrought fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Dan Kois
Washington Post
September 24, 2010
Children with a particular affection for epic tales, no matter how derivative or cacophonous, will probably enjoy Legend of the Guardians.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 24, 2010
Legend of the Guardians is super stuffy. And please - how about a little humor! A hoot or two couldn't hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
September 28, 2010
It might represent a new high-water mark in the gleaming precision digital technology can deliver, but the spectacle has a hard time not looking like a bad day in a chicken coop.
| Original Score: 2/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 1, 2010
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole is a shiny, professional piece of work, but not inspiring.
Rob Vaux
September 23, 2010
Though visually brilliant and imaginatively conceived, its central story adheres far too closely to shopworn mythic tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Page 1 of 7