Rise of the Guardians

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    Nov 25, 2012
    60
    More "oooh… aaah" than "ho-ho-ho", ROTG is so full of yuletide razzmatazz that only true Scrooges will have trouble stomaching it. If only Santa's workshop had given the script more of a tinker...
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 23, 2012
    60
    Rise of the Guardians is adapted from Joyce's book series The Guardians of Childhood. But the occasional Joycean touch aside, it bears so little resemblance to the look and feel of its source material that it ought to be considered an entirely different beast.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 20, 2012
    60
    There is a lot to savor in Rise of the Guardians, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be exhausting.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 20, 2012
    60
    It has a great voice cast, a kinda-sorta interesting premise and the 3-D is effective, but somehow it just doesn't add up.
  5. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Nov 15, 2012
    60
    If Rise of the Guardians is finally never more than the sum of its parts, the parts themselves have real appeal.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 15, 2012
    60
    The characters and settings are attractively designed, and the vocal performances have real color and a sense of fun that gently undercuts the treacly sincerity of certain obligatory kid-pandering moments.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 21, 2012
    58
    Too much of this movie, directed by Peter Ramsey, is more clamorous than inspired, and little kids might find parts of it too scarily intense.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 23, 2012
    50
    The movie lacks a resonant center. The script seems to have been written by committee, with members lobbying for each major character, and the action, set in vast environments all over the map, spreads itself so thin that a surfeit of motion vitiates emotion.
  9. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 21, 2012
    50
    Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?
  10. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 21, 2012
    50
    From time to time, as Alexandre Desplat's insistent score surged yet again while the characters rushed by, I found myself wanting the movie to slow down. Some of these images are too beautiful to disappear so quickly.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    Innocence and joy are threatened by the Boogeyman, and from there the plot comes pretty close to mirroring this summer's "The Avengers" movie. Mostly in a good way.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Nov 15, 2012
    50
    Even tots may emerge feeling slightly browbeaten by this colorful, strenuous and hyperactive fantasy, which has moments of charm and beauty but often resembles an exploding toy factory rather than a work of honest enchantment.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 21, 2012
    40
    Dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.
  14. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 20, 2012
    40
    The voice work sounds more quick-paycheck than impassioned, and the animation rarely rises above video-game cut-scene quality. As revisionist holiday fables go, you're better off watching Aardman's delightful "Arthur Christmas" than this lump of coal.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 231 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 51
  2. Negative: 2 out of 51
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    4
    This movie was beautiful to look at. The characters were striking and vibrant in appearance. The writing was never very clever or insightfulThis movie was beautiful to look at. The characters were striking and vibrant in appearance. The writing was never very clever or insightful though. I think I would have loved this movie if I was under the age of 10, but their was very little that would entertain adults as well as children. Overall it wasn't unpleasant, but I wouldn't really recommend seeing it to anyone either. Full Review »
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    i love love love this film. The characters,the story line, everything. Definitely a top film. Although it is aimed at children, this isi love love love this film. The characters,the story line, everything. Definitely a top film. Although it is aimed at children, this is totally a full age friendly film.
    Pitch Black is a complex character and at some parts you almost feel sorry for him... until he is a complete dooshbag yet again.

    Would definitely recommend.
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  3. Dec 14, 2012
    5
    Average kid movie. My daughter asked why the movie was like all the other movies she had seen, and she's only eight. The plot is tired, thoughAverage kid movie. My daughter asked why the movie was like all the other movies she had seen, and she's only eight. The plot is tired, though the film was beautiful artistically. Also, a bit too much action. It seems that today, kids are being fed nonstop action in films. One note, though, my kids, after watching this film were convinced that Santa Claus wasn't real. They went in believing and came out doubting. Mostly like the tattooed Russian bully posing as Santa in the film, didn't jive with their more innocent view of him. Strange. This movie was basically a pass for us. Full Review »