Reviews: Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: …I felt I was almost trapped in an animated version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • [New – 3/7] | Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: You can blame the title evoking that boring owl movie, you can blame the always staunch holiday season competition, you can blame the marketing campaign or the bold, unusual depictions of legendary figures. But I think the failure largely has to be attributed to the film itself, which despite impressive visuals, some good ideas, and nice moments does not add up to one’s satisfaction.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: While Guardians has some good ideas, strong moments, and impressive visuals (with a 3D option, of course, to emphasize dimensionality), it doesn’t quite add up to one’s satisfaction.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The musty story is at least somewhat compensated for by the iconic figures involved.
  • Simon Brew @ Den of Geek
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: An unusual 3D tale about a playful free spirit who is thrilled to become a Guardian who watches over children.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s a great adventure movie that the whole family can enjoy at any time of the year… not just in the Christmas season.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …despite heavy lifting from children’s tales which have come before, “Rise of the Guardians” is nonetheless its own delight, largely due to clever jokes, clueless minions, upended traditions and stunning animation.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: The kids, in particular, will get and embrace the superhero motif, which may go over the heads of their parents. But “Rise of the Guardians” successfully puts a novel spin on familiar childhood figures, and makes them feel refreshingly new.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Rise of the Guardians has the requisite action sequences … but they are kinetic and have the spark of a conceptual struggle beneath the flashy visuals.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: A fanciful and luminous effort, Rise of the Guardians brings to life the sacred characters that have dwelt in the hearts and minds of kids for as long as anyone can remember
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Family-friendly fare that’s so frenetic it gets exhausting.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: There’s genuine magic here. Dark magic, even. That’s a good thing.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: DreamWorks has long been a close second to the masters at Pixar for creating indelible features that appeal to adults and children alike. Recently, their output (and announced output) has been sounding less adventure and more bankable. Rise of the Guardians may be their turning point.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: It takes a unique film to make Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy seem dreary or even unappealing.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: …reminds us that we are responsible for guarding our own imaginations, that our beliefs are to be defended, lest they fade into oblivion. Contrary to the popular saying, seeing is not believing – believing is seeing.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
    • Excerpt: Visually rich but cluttered.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Beautiful, if a little light.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: What started out as a genial and lovingly drawn book by William Joyce has been infused with all manner of 21st century technology and simple-minded storytelling (i.e. chases and fights).
  • Márcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: It’s for the quieter episodes–and the visual magic they inspire–rather than the louder, brasher ones that one can embrace ‘Rise of the Guardians.’
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

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