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Rise of the Guardians 3D Synopsis
An evil boogeyman schemes to dash children's belief in Santa Claus and other immortal Guardians.

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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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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

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

By Tom Russo
This does seem to leave room for bigger, bolder, more momentous adventures down the line.
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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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Rise of the Guardians is adapted from Joyce's book series The Guardians of Childhood. But the occasional Joycean touch aside, it bears so...
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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...
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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"...
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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...
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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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RIse of the Guardians 3D

By cailynq
I so wanted to love this movie...but unfortunately there are too many issues with it to move past my disappointment. This film is best left to the under 9-yrs-old set who will love the witty...

Speaks to the little child in all of us :-)

By sci chick
This was a very enjoyable movie. It was avenger-like, but adorable and funny and taught a valuable lesson. No awkward revelations here! :-) I will be sure to add this to my DVD collection....

Holiday heaven

By mama_cindy
This is a GREAT family movie. My 10-year old son and I went to this movie and it was wonderful. It was funny and heartfelt. Keeps the mystery in all of the holidays....

Rent it

By madmaxmommy
This was definitely a different kids' movie. I loved the premise - a fairly tough Santa, an Australian Easter Bunny with a boomerang, Jack Frost trying to accept his past - but the movie was dark....

Childhood stories fromt he early X-gens

By rbg13333
A very neat take on the childhood stories of the Sandman, Toothfairy, the Easter Bunny, and of course Santa I remember my mom telling me when I was young. Definitly a feel good movie for the Holiday...

Family fun

By Thesunshineking
We were afraid our 5 year old would be scared, but he left excited because he now knows who to believe in. It was a fun movie, my husband and I even had a great time....

Fantastic Movie!

By Daphne Doo
I dragged my 14 year-old son to see this because I wanted to see it so badly. He hasn't stopped thanking me and said it was the "most magical movie he's ever seen." The 3D was visually stunning and...


By starfleetmom
if eggs aren't hidden then there is no Easter? Not the lesson I want my kid to learn. Remember Whoville? No presents, yet they still sang. THEY got it. Christmas and Easter are not about presents...

Pretty good

By ortleib
Cool movie, but don't go if you think your kids may get freaked by seeing Santa Claus fighting demons with two long knives, or the Easter Bunny being a 6-foor Aussie wielding a couple of boomerangs. ...


By jannelle302
My 7 year old grandson and I went to see it and he LOVED it. He says he believes in Jack Frost now, he never knew who he was ... But now he can't wait till he comes! and for the rest of the day he...

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Rated PG | For Thematic Elements and Some Mildly Scary Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Holiday icons defend childhood in gorgeous adventure.
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