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Entertainment Weekly

Director Zack Snyder (300) has crafted the rare 3-D eyegasm that's worth the premium ticket price.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
The film is surprisingly deft and entertains at both the adult and juvenile levels. If something in Guardians catches your eye, trust your gizzard.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
This picture sometimes rivals "Avatar" in its spectacular landscapes and thrilling flying sequences, but of course it won't come anywhere near those megagrosses, and it's too scary to be wholeheartedly embraced by children.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
A gorgeously animated combat fantasy - "The Lord of the Rings" meets "Happy Feet."
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The movie is beautiful but, for one unfamiliar with the source material, confusing. I needed an owl scorecard.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The result is sometimes charming and always visually astonishing.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The script is merely serviceable and too reminiscent of similar fantasy tales. But kids will instantly relate to the gentle Soren, while watching wide-eyed as he faces each challenge.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Legend of the Guardians sounds as if it were scripted by a team of 11-year-old boys, with too much plot for its 91-minute running time, a script that steals liberally from "Star Wars" and some occasionally eye-roll-worthy weirdness.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The movie is still a mess, stumbling from comic-relief scenes that aren't funny to a job-training interlude in which we learn that, among other things, owls make excellent . . . blacksmiths?
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53 out of 100
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