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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Synopsis
A young owl sets out to find a band of mythic warriors to help save his people from their evil foes.

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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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75

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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75

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...
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70

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...
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63

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
A gorgeously animated combat fantasy - "The Lord of the Rings" meets "Happy Feet."
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63

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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63

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The result is sometimes charming and always visually astonishing.
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60

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...
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50

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...
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38

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...
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DON'T BE FOOLED BY OUTSTANDING GRAPHICS: TOO INTENSE FOR CHILDREN

By snorkydoodle61
ATTENTION: If you plan on taking the little ones to see this "Owl Cartoon", DON'T. Yes it is from the makers of "Happy Feet", however, it is definitely NOT like Happy Feet. It is sinister, dreary,...

Fantastic and Not So Violent

By carly18
I just went to see this movie with my boyfriend (because I love owls!). He was very reluctant to go, but we were both pleasantly surprised. It was very well done, with all the elements of a carefully...

not for smaller kids

By cbrvfr
Honestly, are we so desensitized to violence that it's ok to put metal claws on birds and hack their enemies, impale them on sticks, burn them etc.? Overall, a visually stunning move and enjoyable....

Five Word Review

By Mike's Movietime
Boring Disjointed Pointless Muddy Lifeless...

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

By incineraptor
The CGI renderings are phenomenal: you can see every nuance of feathers, every vein in the leaves of the trees. Go see the movie for a beautiful visual experience. I had 2 problems with the...

Five Word Review

By craZcatladi
owls that cant act cats...

Decent Story Line

By doesntdodishes
I read the ratings and was unsure about whether or not to bring the kids. 10,13, and 2 years old. The ratings I read were awful. If you watch the trailer it is exactly as it is pictured. The movie...

Great Movie for the whole family!

By LadyJedi78
I loved this movie, I haven't read the books, so I'm unsure whether the movie is an accurate portrayal of characters and events but I thought the story was compelling. They managed to get some great...

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Review

By yesenia_herrera16
Good Afternoon, We enjoyed the movie from beginning to end. The animation and characters were very much detailed in making them real as resembling our own personalities at times. The story was...

Owls

By hiltongrl05
Great graphics but i personally don't think this movie is right for kids under 8....

More Info

Rated PG | For some sequences of scary action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Sweeping owl fantasy adventure is impressive but intense.
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