• Released
  • November 21, 2012
  • PG , 1 hr 37 min
  • 3D
    Action/Adventure
  • 893 Fan Ratings
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's all more lightweight-likable than exciting.
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63

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
This does seem to leave room for bigger, bolder, more momentous adventures down the line.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With its fanciful razzle-dazzle, Rise of the Guardians is appealing, if slightly hectic, family fare.
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60

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.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By 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.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.
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57 out of 100
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