Rise of the Guardians (2012)

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Critic 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
Rating:
PG (for thematic elements and some mildly scary action)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family
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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 (147) | Top Critics (33)

Less-than-compelling storyline.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Rise of the Guardians is harmless enough, and the lack of easy pop-culture jokes represents the post-Shrek direction of DreamWorks well enough. But this is the studio's least entertaining film.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The conceit has its charms but too much of this movie, directed by Peter Ramsey, is more clamorous than inspired, and little kids might find parts of it too scarily intense.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

'Rise of the Guardians' is an effervescent dose of fantasia that's pretty hard to dislike. Unless, of course, you're a cynical grump.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The script seems to have been written by committee, with members lobbying for each major character, and the action, set in vast environments all over the map, spreads itself so thin that a surfeit of motion vitiates emotion.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Too cluttered and manic to bring real pleasure.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
NPR
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Guardians

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Beautifully animated adventure aiming more for a younger audience than some other genre films. On the other hand there are plenty of pretty frightening scenes for the little ones. The beautiful worlds, lovable characters and fast-paced action scenes should make for a real favorite among the target audience's films.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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
Christian C

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