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

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

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2010
There are a handful of soaring, immersive and at times beautiful fight-and-flight sequences which utilise 3D in the best imaginable way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2010
A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2010
The film's look can't overcome all its shortcomings, but it helps them go down easier than its title.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
September 24, 2010
May be a hoot, but for all its pyrotechnics, it fails to soar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 24, 2010
After the frightened kids run screeching from the theater, adults may wonder what this vicious flick was trying to teach us. But as a guardian of unhatched spirits, I say: Hoo-hoo-hoo cares?
September 24, 2010
The script is merely serviceable and too reminiscent of similar fantasy tales. But kids will instantly relate to the gentle Soren, while watching wide-eyed as he faces each challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2010
[It] has some nicely designed animation, and it deserves credit for trying to break the Disney mold of animated critter movies. But there's mold-breaking, and then there's weird.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
September 23, 2010
Despite the odds, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole may be the season's most dramatically compelling and most visually sumptuous animated feature. Who could have predicted that?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2010
The animation itself is startlingly beautiful, as is the ancient owl world it imagines. The battles are complex and, in true Snyder tradition, heavy on the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2010
After its soaring beginning, Guardians of Ga'Hoole plummets to more generic ground. It's well-made, but how can you care about its owl heroes and villains when you can't always tell them apart?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2010
The effect finally is to neglect, rather than nurture, a story with potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2010
Unfortunately, the story rarely rises above cookie-cutter kids'-fantasy tropes: It's a standard hero's-journey story, one that substitutes colorful characters for actual incident.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 22, 2010
A classical heroic odyssey that boasts a spirit similar to that of The Secret of N.I.M.H., and is enhanced by such sumptuous 3-D CGI it would make Pixar blush.
September 22, 2010
Snyder has crafted the rare 3-D eyegasm that's worth the premium ticket price.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 22, 2010
Zack Snyder's films have some of the best opening-credits sequences in cinema; the unfortunate thing is that there's always a movie after them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 21, 2010
Classy cast and stunning visuals compensate for a pedestrian script.
September 20, 2010
Director Zack Snyder attempts to shoehorn his heavily art-directed mayhem into a kiddie-pic mold with predictably ill-fitting results.