Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Labrecque
    83
    Director Zack Snyder (300) has crafted the rare 3-D eyegasm that's worth the premium ticket price.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    75
    The film is surprisingly deft and entertains at both the adult and juvenile levels. If something in Guardians catches your eye, trust your gizzard.
  3. A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
  4. This picture sometimes rivals "Avatar" in its spectacular landscapes and thrilling flying sequences, but of course it won't come anywhere near those megagrosses, and it's too scary to be wholeheartedly embraced by children.
  5. There's a confusion that you can sense as well, with the film pulled between its light and dark sides just as the owls struggle with forces of good and evil. That hesitation keeps "Guardians" from reaching the deep, emotionally rich center that confers greatness in the animation world.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    63
    The result is sometimes charming and always visually astonishing.
  7. 63
    A gorgeously animated combat fantasy - "The Lord of the Rings" meets "Happy Feet."
  8. The movie is beautiful but, for one unfamiliar with the source material, confusing. I needed an owl scorecard.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    8
    It is very hard to say no to this movie due to its fantastic animation, action, dark tone, and voice performances and it even has a bit ofIt is very hard to say no to this movie due to its fantastic animation, action, dark tone, and voice performances and it even has a bit of humor and succeeds well enough even though the story isn't told very well. I give this film 82% of a good movie. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    6
    "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole", a action flick summer blockbuster directed by Zack Snyder, is a great movie with outstanding"Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole", a action flick summer blockbuster directed by Zack Snyder, is a great movie with outstanding visuals but fails to contain any significant points to boast about. Full Review »
  3. May 9, 2011
    3
    Beautiful presentation let down by poor acting and audio, plus the characters were too goofy and aimless for my taste, best that you watch RioBeautiful presentation let down by poor acting and audio, plus the characters were too goofy and aimless for my taste, best that you watch Rio instead. Full Review »