Rise of the Guardians

2012

Rise of the Guardians

Critics Consensus

A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.

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Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes - each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. -- (C) Official Site

Cast

Alec Baldwin
as North, Aka Santa Claus
Jude Law
as Pitch
Hugh Jackman
as E. Aster Bunnymund, aka The Easter Bunny
Isla Fisher
as Tooth, aka The Tooth Fairy
Chris Pine
as Jack Frost
Dakota Goyo
as Jamie Bennett
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Guardians

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (41)

  • [Rise of the Guardians] invokes a charm and sweetness that is different to other animated films out there.

    November 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • I'm sure [it] will be a big hit, and kids will eat it up. But as much as I might try to simulate their point of view, I can only see it through my own battered eyeballs, which feel like they've aged 10 years in the 90 minutes spent watching it.

    July 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If you don't enjoy this you probably don't like Christmas

    July 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's one of [Dreamworks'] best animated films for sure.

    February 12, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • This erratic flurry of light and colour is made more than bearable thanks to a script full of real warmth and a collection of incredibly well drawn characters who truly capture the magic of childhood wonder.

    February 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Patrick Gamble

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  • Rise of the Guardians is blithe and lovely, smart and funny. It's an honest-to-goodness family film that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.

    January 30, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Guardians

  • Jul 12, 2015
    When this first came out in theaters I skipped it as it didn't look as if it were my cup of tea: the animation was wrong, the concept stilted, I simply wasn't buying it. I hate it when I'm wrong. Beginning with the opening shots of Jack Frost zinging around a pond somewhere, freezing it over, this is simply an entrancing film, DESTINED TO BE A CLASSIC, hitting all the marks for truly enveloping a child's fantasy world while simultaneously reminding adults of that very same. The voice acting too is inspired. A not-to-be-missed tale of the power of dreams.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2014
    Although the animation was good and the story was certainly out of the box, I found its portrayals of beloved figures rather disconcerting. Who can warm up to a grumpy Russian Santa Claus who beats up the competition? Or a nasty, iconoclastic Easter bunny? It's just not a "fun" holiday film in my eyes, and seems to try too hard at being edgy.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2014
    DreamWorks Animation delivers a magical adventure with the children's film Rise of the Guardians. The story follows Jack Frost as he's recruited by the Guardians to stop a ruthless villain who's seeking to extinguish children's believe in magic. Featuring the voice talents of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, and Hugh Jackman, the film has a good cast that's able to bring the characters to life. And, the animation style and character designs are extraordinarily well-done; creating a colorful and surrealist look. However, the plot is weak and doesn't really have much substance to it. Also, the film has a rather poor message, that seeing is believing; which is contrary to most children's stories. Yet despite its problems, Rise of the Guardians has a certain charm and is a lot of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2013
    I thought the film was so so. They had a good idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. What surprised me about the film was the dark tone, which was reflected through the villain Pitch. I can see that turning off some kids from the movie. I thought all the actors doing the voices did a great job.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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