News: Alternative: https://www.imovie.to.
Rise of the Guardians Movie Poster Watch Trailer Add to Playlist Stream in HD

Rise of the Guardians

7/10
Adventure . Family . Animation
 

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.

 
Actors: Emily Nordwind , Georgie Grieve , Kamil McFadden , Khamani Griffin , Dakota Goyo , Hugh Jackman , Isla Fisher , Jude Law , Alec Baldwin , Chris Pine
Directors: Peter Ramsey
Country: USA
Add a Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    The shaggy, whimsical characters have a primal familiarity, as though they were developed by a tag team of Maurice Sendak and Walt Disney.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    It's gorgeously designed, deftly written and frequently laugh-out-loud funny. For child or adult, this is a fantasy to get lost in.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It's a grand, colorful adventure, an escapist romp draped in tinsel. And, who knows -- if you're all good little boys and girls this year, perhaps it will also be the first installment in a new DreamWorks holiday tradition.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    One of the best kid's films of the year, full of delight and action and charm and comedy.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Jody Mitori

    The Guardians make a winning team that is a prime candidate for a sequel, just like "The Avengers."

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    A satisfying holiday treat for adults and children alike.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    While Rise Of The Guardians boasts a great deal of visual energy and amounts to a lot of fun, it's mostly lacking in that kind of depth elsewhere.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    There's an audience for this film. It's not me. I gather younger children will like the breakneck action, the magical ability to fly and the young hero who has tired of only being a name. Their parents and older siblings may find the 89-minute running time quite long enough.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Thoughts become things. That's the message of Rise of the Guardians, a charming if slightly dark and cobwebbed animated feature about how believing in something makes it real, or real enough.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Rise of the Guardians is an all-star addition to holiday movies lists but the real question is: Which holiday?

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    As much as its premise may sound like the start of a bad joke, Peter Ramsey's movie preserves just enough genuine childhood wonder in its whooshing, high-tech theatrics to make it a delight.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    At times, it approaches some of Pixar's best.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Works so hard at celebrating wide eyes and naïve joy that it comes close to spoiling its own intermittent wonderfulness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's all more lightweight-likable than exciting.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    This does seem to leave room for bigger, bolder, more momentous adventures down the line.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    With its fanciful razzle-dazzle, Rise of the Guardians is appealing, if slightly hectic, family fare.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    This spirited enough yarn is sincere and heartening in its belief that our devotion to these youthful myths is healthy for our sense of wonderment.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Josh Winning

    More "oooh… aaah" than "ho-ho-ho", ROTG is so full of yuletide razzmatazz that only true Scrooges will have trouble stomaching it. If only Santa's workshop had given the script more of a tinker...

    Total Film Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Rise of the Guardians is adapted from Joyce's book series The Guardians of Childhood. But the occasional Joycean touch aside, it bears so little resemblance to the look and feel of its source material that it ought to be considered an entirely different beast.

    NPR Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    There is a lot to savor in Rise of the Guardians, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be exhausting.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It has a great voice cast, a kinda-sorta interesting premise and the 3-D is effective, but somehow it just doesn't add up.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The characters and settings are attractively designed, and the vocal performances have real color and a sense of fun that gently undercuts the treacly sincerity of certain obligatory kid-pandering moments.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    If Rise of the Guardians is finally never more than the sum of its parts, the parts themselves have real appeal.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The movie lacks a resonant center. 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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?

    Time Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    From time to time, as Alexandre Desplat's insistent score surged yet again while the characters rushed by, I found myself wanting the movie to slow down. Some of these images are too beautiful to disappear so quickly.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The voice work sounds more quick-paycheck than impassioned, and the animation rarely rises above video-game cut-scene quality. As revisionist holiday fables go, you're better off watching Aardman's delightful "Arthur Christmas" than this lump of coal.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Leah Churner

    Kids who can stomach mixed holiday fare should be able to ride out this stereoscopic superstorm of snowglobes, Easter eggs, magic portals, enchanted crystals, moon worship, fruitcakes, matryoshka dolls, and lost teeth. Others may be confused.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I can't remember ever seeing such a spectacular implosion of a squad of all-stars as Rise of the Guardians. Well, not since Yankee Stadium in October.

    New York Post Full Review
Add Soundtrack
  • 4. Calling the Guardians Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 5. Jamie Believes Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 6. Oath of the Guardians Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices & Alexandre Desplat Stream Music Online
  • 7. Alone In the World Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 8. Dreamsand Miracles Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 9. Nightmares Attack Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 10. Wind Take Me Home! Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 11. Jacks Memories Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 12. Easter Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 13. Dreamsand Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 14. Jack & Sandman Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 15. The Moon Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 16. Tooth Collection Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 17. Sandman Returns Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 18. Jacks Center Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 19. Memorial Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 20. Guardians Regroup Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 21. Sleigh Launch Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 22. Fanfare of the Elves Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 23. Pitch On the Globe Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 24. Pitch At North Pole Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 25. Jack Betrays Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 26. Snowballs Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 27. Busy Workshop Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 28. Jamies Bedroom Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 29. Kids Stop Believing Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 30. Jack's Memories Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 31. Jack's Center Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Stream Music Online
  • 32. Jamie's Bedroom Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices & Alexandre Desplat Stream Music Online
To Top