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Rise of the Guardians Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 4, 2012
Less-than-compelling storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 27, 2012
'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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 22, 2012
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.
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November 22, 2012
Too cluttered and manic to bring real pleasure.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 22, 2012
A children's fable reimagined as a superhero flick--a peculiar but delightful hybrid that just may be the best animated offering of the year.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 22, 2012
Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 21, 2012
And as much as I often found myself enchanted by this 3D animated film, based on the series of books by William Joyce, I couldn't help noticing that this movie falls into a conundrum I like to call "You didn't clap loud enough -- Tinkerbell's dead."
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2012
All this feels formulaic and the believe-in-magic message is even more treacly than typical, but give first-time feature director Peter Ramsey credit for his visual panache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 21, 2012
A satisfying holiday treat for adults and children alike.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 21, 2012
The Guardians make a winning team that is a prime candidate for a sequel, just like "The Avengers."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 21, 2012
The joy of Peter Ramsey's clever and well-paced film is how it maintains its focus on the experience of childhood wonder rather than on holiday loot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2012
"Rise of the Guardians" seems a sure bet for kids who still believe - or wished they believed - in magic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 21, 2012
You'll perhaps need a little patience to fully appreciate Rise of the Guardians, which is likely to grow in stature over time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
November 21, 2012
The movie's bid for distinctiveness works in lots of little ways ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 21, 2012
Rise Of The Guardians boasts a great deal of visual energy and amounts to a lot of fun ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 21, 2012
[A] dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 21, 2012
A charming if slightly dark and cobwebbed animated feature about how believing in something makes it real, or real enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 21, 2012
This 3-D cartoon manages to be frantic and bizarre, yet boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2012
Peter Ramsey and his art team have created a crisp, colorful fantasy world, sharper-edged than many feature-length children's cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2012
There's more "wow" factor involved than genuine charm. It's fun-enough once, but repeat visits won't be necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2012
There is a lot to savor in "Rise of the Guardians," but sometimes too much of a good thing can be exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 20, 2012
With its fanciful razzle-dazzle, Rise of the Guardians is appealing, if slightly hectic, family fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 20, 2012
As revisionist holiday fables go, you're better off watching Aardman's delightful Arthur Christmas than this lump of coal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 20, 2012
The busy, 3-D animation relies a bit too much on madcap flight sequences and vast, vaulted spaces, but the character design has real warmth, and the animation is frequently witty and sometimes mesmerizing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 20, 2012
Innocence and joy are threatened by the Boogeyman, and from there the plot comes pretty close to mirroring this summer's The Avengers movie. Mostly in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 20, 2012
This animated, 3-D film is essentially a Marvel-ized version of old fairy tales, but "Rise of the Guardians" has several things going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
November 20, 2012
At times, it approaches some of Pixar's best.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 19, 2012
Mostly, the movie keeps things on the near side of fun, and pushes a not-entirely-insipid life perspective. The ratio of staggering craft to innocuous content brings this to a level of better-than-average-contemporary children's fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 19, 2012
Rise of the Guardians is enjoyable as a stand-alone adventure - not groundbreaking animation but a solidly entertaining 90 minutes for older children and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2012
A lively and derivative 3D storybook spree for some unlikely action heroes.
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Justin Chang
Variety
October 11, 2012
Even tots may emerge feeling slightly browbeaten by this colorful, strenuous and hyperactive fantasy, which has moments of charm and beauty but often resembles an exploding toy factory rather than a work of honest enchantment.