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  • Summary: Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure based on the beloved The Guardians of Ga’Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of wingedAcclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure based on the beloved The Guardians of Ga’Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences--causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole--Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms. This film has been rated PG for some sequences of scary action. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Director Zack Snyder (300) has crafted the rare 3-D eyegasm that's worth the premium ticket price.
  2. A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
  3. 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.
  4. The script is merely serviceable and too reminiscent of similar fantasy tales. But kids will instantly relate to the gentle Soren, while watching wide-eyed as he faces each challenge.
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    Unfortunately, the story rarely rises above cookie-cutter kids'-fantasy tropes.
  6. Legend of the Guardians sounds as if it were scripted by a team of 11-year-old boys, with too much plot for its 91-minute running time, a script that steals liberally from "Star Wars" and some occasionally eye-roll-worthy weirdness.
  7. An unmemorable, frenzied, characterless hodgepodge that delights the eyes while numbing the brain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    Just amazing!! It is an animation, but its not just for kids! I loved it! I cannot really describe more, i suggest to everybody watch minimumJust amazing!! It is an animation, but its not just for kids! I loved it! I cannot really describe more, i suggest to everybody watch minimum once. Lovely and full of with action :) Expand
  2. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    Star Wars, Avatar, Lord Of The Rings all rolled up into one grand epic. 5 stars doesn't do it justice! I loved every frame of this film.Star Wars, Avatar, Lord Of The Rings all rolled up into one grand epic. 5 stars doesn't do it justice! I loved every frame of this film. Magnificently beautiful, spellbinding, exiciting to the nth degree and finally getting 3D right. Don't miss it! [However, not a children's tale!] Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings all mixed together into one huge CGI epic hit. though, it has a dark tone and it may not be suitable forStar Wars and The Lord of the Rings all mixed together into one huge CGI epic hit. though, it has a dark tone and it may not be suitable for kids, but despite that, it has nice character development, great visuals, and awesome butt-kicking action scenes. Legend of the Guardians is an excellent CGI movie of the year. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2010
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I thought this was pretty cool, the animation was remarkable.

    The ending was pretty sweet, the fighting and all that was so epic.

    My only problem is that the opening of the movie picked up a slow pace and it was boring at the begining but it picked it up really well.

    Also I wouldn't call this a kid's film I should say this movie would be for ages 10+
    This was pretty violent for a PG.

    So there we have it I thought it was good
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  5. Oct 20, 2010
    7
    Some genius directors and producers have come up with the rare eye delight, or astonishing visual effects. Perhaps the greatest of the year soSome genius directors and producers have come up with the rare eye delight, or astonishing visual effects. Perhaps the greatest of the year so far. Just that adds one star to this movie. Overall, I thought it jumped around at times, but a cute movie with nice owls anyway. It kind of reminds me of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2015
    6
    An eye-popping motion picture riddled with undeniably spectacular animation and dazzling images, but underwhelmed with a simplistic andAn eye-popping motion picture riddled with undeniably spectacular animation and dazzling images, but underwhelmed with a simplistic and predictable plot. Expand
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    3
    Too violent for my tastes, especially for younger kids. Also there wasn't really a good moral or story in my opinion, and I didn't care veryToo violent for my tastes, especially for younger kids. Also there wasn't really a good moral or story in my opinion, and I didn't care very much about the characters. Skip it, imo, and don't bother taking your kids. Expand

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