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  • Summary: Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 31, 2014
    100
    Surrender, earthlings. It’s the Guardians’ world and you’ll be happy to live in it.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jul 30, 2014
    91
    The film's a giddily subversive space opera that runs on self-aware smart-assery.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 31, 2014
    88
    Gunn makes this huge entertainment accessible to the converted and the neophyte alike, and he has only has one goal: To send you out of the theater with a fat smile on your face. Mission accomplished.
  4. 75
    Laugh-out-loud funny and production-designed to death, Guardians of the Galaxy pops off the screen.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 1, 2014
    75
    The gadgetry and fight scenes are nicely rendered. The aeronautical battles, though, fall well short of state-of-the-art. Maybe they're collateral damage to the film's goofy style.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jul 31, 2014
    75
    The motley crew’s repartee makes for comedy that’s surprisingly consistent, yet freewheeling and sharp enough to pinball from Kevin Bacon to Jackson Pollock and back.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 30, 2014
    25
    Guardians of the Galaxy brings to mind some of the most unforgettable sci-fi event movies of the last 30 years. Alas, those films are “Howard the Duck” and “Green Lantern.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 382
  1. Aug 1, 2014
    10
    Highly recommend. Definitely the funniest marvel movie I've seen so far, though very different than what they've been doing. It's an ensemble sci-fi adventure comedy with clever dialogue and a memorable cast of characters. Similar group dynamic to what we saw in the avengers, made all the more impressive by the fact that they haven't had several movies to introduce the characters.
    It has very little to do with the avengers specifically and instead widens the lens to encompass the greater marvel universe, making use of characters and alien races we've seen bits and pieces of before (most notably in the Thor films). The tone is very unique, bouncing effortlessly back and forth between comedy and genuine drama with an array of action scenes in a wide variety of set pieces.
    If you've been following the marvel movies so far, you'll want to see this since it helps to expand the cinematic universe while setting the stage for the future avengers films (though in some ways it feels like it's setting up Avengers 3 more than 2). On the other hand, if you haven't been following the franchise very consistently or not at all, it still works as an adventure movie. The main characters have little or nothing to do with any of the movies so far, and while there are one or two faces we've seen before, especially in the villain department, you won't need to know them to be able to enjoy it. There's an important macguffin that ties into the larger story, but it's basically just there to drive the plot along. If anyone has been living in a cave somewhere for the past ten years or so, I'd be interested to hear what someone who hasn't watched any of the marvel movies thought of this.
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  2. Aug 26, 2014
    10
    Guardians of the Galaxy is when all stars, strange in shape they may be, align so neatly that one will be laughing gleefully, developing fondness for the characters and wondering what is that familiar song that fits so damn well with this scene. Incredibly witty yet scruffy with amazing style that doesn't follow any superhero formula, it is near impossible to dislike Guardians of the Galaxy. Classic soundtracks oddly fit the cosmic saga, giving it grounded and slightly nostalgic feeling. This may very well be the Star Wars of this generation.

    This adventure of ragged uncommon crew has a unique light tone, almost resembling morning children cartoon or video game. The humor is spot-on, cleverly written and personalized the characters better than dull gloomy distress most fantasy movies opt for. While the dysfunctional team has its issues, they are delivered with ease, discarding any cumbersome drama and replacing them with accessible comedy.

    Chris Pratt is an excellent choice for Peter Quill. He is a good example of ruffian with somewhat noble heart, and Chris Pratt hasn't been too fixed on a protagonist image. It works well since Pratt could be your usual hero, but more importantly he brings great unsuspected humor. His character serves as anchor for humanity, because even though the tale happens in gigantic other realm, Quill is often shown as mere human and this aspect will definitely resonate with the audience.

    Zoe Saldana as Gamora is now green skinned. After Avatar and Star Trek it’s safe to say that she possesses the exotic alien look. As a veteran of sci-fi genre, she carries herself comfortably and quite believably as action persona. Her character is indeed a peculiar love interest for Quill, but deep down it’s more a search for companionship rather than romance. Dave Bautista as Drak hasn’t got much experience in acting yet, still this character suits him and with a compliment of good cast, he probably has the better role any pro wrestlers have had in recent time.

    Groot and Rocket are both CGI. Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, is the heart of the movie. He’s a strange mix of raccoon and mercenary, a bit broken and still eloquently funny. Vin Diesel voices Groot, ironic that most of his roles are tough guys but as a gullible and vocabulary challenged tree that he delivers his better work. Aside from these two, CGI also covers the vistas and expected laser shooting futuristic action.

    Design for the setting is great, often depicting places like those in video games. The splendor of debris and explosive accompanies the movie, it’s undeniably a good spectacle and top tier for blockbuster. The director James Gunn delivers a good continuation of scenes, humorous line and constant pace. Soundtracks from classic 80s music is gold, the contrast works much better than any techno tune could possible do.

    Guardians of Galaxy is a rare movie that keeps its audience fully entertained, it doesn’t let up, if fact it gets better as it progresses. It’s a heartfelt and genuine effort to connect with audience. When it ends, it gives a warm fuzzy feeling as one leaves the cinema. It is no less than an utter cinematic achievement.
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  3. Sep 2, 2014
    10
    Great movie!! I had not really kept up with or paid much attention to the guardians of the galaxy prior to seeing this movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw it with my son and wife and all three of us really liked it. It has a lot of good action and is quite funny as well. Very Enjoyable. Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2014
    9
    I won't write a massive review about this movie, but I just want to add credibility to this rating, I would point out the strengths and the weaknesses.

    - The cast is well chosen, both the anti-heroes and the villains are very well believed

    - Even though the backstory of each character seem a bit 'force pushed' against the viewer, you feel sympathised with the Guardians.
    - You aren't getting a deep, vibrant story, but an adrenaline, fast paced adventure, with a 'crew' you fall somewhat attached.

    - As I said, it is not meant to bring something new to the blockbuster movie genre, but it is a great adventure movie that even people outside the marvel/dc universe feel as if they have experienced a pretty good entertaining and that's part of its strength actually, it manages to bring a rather complex universe and simplifies to the 'outside of comic' people while managint the 'comic fanboys' to nourish and savor its details.

    I think it was another victory as I was rather preocupied how they would bring such a complex universe to the screens, and they have done it once again, all I can say is that DC should hire some of the screenplay writers on Marvel because they do a pretty good job.

    Metacritic Rating: 9/10
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  5. Aug 2, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I watched this movie this morning. Had a great time inside the cinema. The movie is quite good. It's intense but there are also a amount of laughing points. Not much to say, it's worth to watch in cinema. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2014
    8
    "Guardians of the Galaxy" 10 Scale Rating: 7.5 (Very Good) ...

    The Good: After several super serious Marvel films (with comedic elements),
    it was refreshing to see a lighter one. Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't take itself too seriously and is just flat out fun. The effects are fantastic, as expected, and the film is colorful and visually stunning. The characters are also well done and Gunn did a good job making you care about this band of outlaws as they come together to save the universe. Unlike the Avengers, which had several films to help you get to know the team before it existed, the characters are introduced and the team is formed in just two hours. I was dubious that they could pull it off and was pleasantly surprised that they did so and then some. Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser (the main villain in the film) was among the better Marvel villains in the MCU despite not having a slew of lines. He was dark, powerful, and intimidating. Lastly, there are plenty of Easter Eggs for comic book fans as the film was designed with audiences of all kinds in mind. Despite being set in it's own niche and far from Earth, the film ties into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe very well.

    The Bad: While I enjoyed the light tone, the humor becomes a little much sometimes. The slapstick and random comedic moments can be a little off-putting and forced. The one-liners almost felt constant as well. I wasn't a fan of Micheal Rooker in the film as his character just felt like a blue-skinned Merle from Walking Dead. Lastly, I would have liked to have seen more from Karen Gillan's Nebula. I felt that she was woefully under-utilized. Maybe next time? A very good Marvel film, but not quite among the best.
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  7. Aug 26, 2014
    0
    Shoots low ... and hits it's mark. Yet another Marvel comic book falls off the conveyor belt.
    This is the substance of modern American film
    making - a horrific piece of formula garbage.
    But they just keep shoveling it out - and people keep throwing money at them. Sad.
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