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Rise of the Guardians

9/10
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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


Olly Richards
Empire

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


Mike Scott
New Orleans Times-Picayune

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.


James Rocchi
Boxoffice Magazine

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


Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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


Stephen Whitty
Portland Oregonian

A satisfying holiday treat for adults and children alike.


Tasha Robinson
The A.V. Club

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.


Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.


Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.


Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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


James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.


Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine (Vulture)

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.


Chris Packham
Village Voice

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


A.O. Scott
The New York Times

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


Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It's all more lightweight-likable than exciting.


Tom Russo
Boston Globe

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


Claudia Puig
USA Today

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


Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.


Josh Winning
Total Film

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...


Stephanie Zacharek
NPR

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.


Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

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


Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.


Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter

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.


Xan Brooks
The Guardian

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


Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.


Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.


Mary Pols
Time

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


Liam Lacey
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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.


Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.


Justin Chang
Variety

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.


Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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


Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

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.


Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle

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.


Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.


Add Soundtrack

1. Kemp's Jig ( Performer: Arranged and John Bullard )


2. The Firebird, Suite for Orchestra ( Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra )


3. Still Dream ( Performer: Renée Fleming )


4. Calling the Guardians ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


5. Jamie Believes ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


6. Oath of the Guardians ( Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices & Alexandre Desplat Itunes )


7. Alone In the World ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


8. Dreamsand Miracles ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


9. Nightmares Attack ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


10. Wind Take Me Home! ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


11. Jack's Memories ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


12. Easter ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


13. Dreamsand ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


14. Jack & Sandman ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


15. The Moon ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


16. Tooth Collection ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


17. Sandman Returns ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


18. Jack's Center ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


19. Memorial ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


20. Guardians Regroup ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


21. Sleigh Launch ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


22. Fanfare of the Elves ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


23. Pitch On the Globe ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


24. Pitch At North Pole ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


25. Jack Betrays ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


26. Snowballs ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


27. Busy Workshop ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


28. Jamie's Bedroom ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


29. Kids Stop Believing ( Performer: Alexandre Desplat, London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices Itunes )


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