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Rise of the Guardians Synopsis
A collection of superheroes band together to take on an evil spirit bent upon taking over the world.
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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

By dawn.prentice65
Was a great take on some old tales. This is one that will keep the kids and the adults entertained. Fun and light most of the time, but some scenes will be frightening to small children. Would say 7...

Great Movie

By kdspugh
Very entertaining, the whole family enjoyed this movie. Some of the imagery might be a little scary for some younger kids, but should be OK for most. I thought the story was great and had some...

believe in magic

By yardfairy
I can see our family watching it again just before the holidays to get us into the spirit. A gentle, fun and heartwarming tale of believing in magic....

Much better than expected!

By kmormont
I wasn't expecting more than a feel-good, simple kids movie, but I felt like a six year old in DIsney World for the first time while watching it! The characters are so masterfully designed, every...

rise of the guardians

By pattinatalie
this was a great movie. the colors,action,main characters were so beautiful done i can't wait for it to come out on dvd i'll see this movie again...

My 12-year old LOVED IT!

By kiana0717
Fun and exciting; a must see for kids of all age. This was a wonderful movie; especially during the holidays. I felt like a kid again watching it (a true believer) and my daughter absolutely enjoyed...

Everyone should see this!

By lredmond05
This is not only a great movie for kids, but for everyone. The characters are well conceived and have great life to them due to the amazing cast. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and can't wait to see...

Entertained 6yr old girls and 11yr old boy

By elphaba_mckay
It takes a really good movie to keep young girls and an older boy entertained. By the end of the movie, the girls had been bouncing in their seats and the boy had been teary eyed. A huge win for all...

Great movie for the big kids too

By Pa3cya
This movie had a great story to it. Never a dull moment and visually it was entrancing. Really good holiday movie. It's fun for kids of all ages....

Very nice

By abirthegreat
I have always been a big fan of animation movies and I definitely loved this one. A very new take on saving Christmas. In fact, not just Christmas, but easter too. Excellent flight scenes... carried...

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