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  • Summary: Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden dubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys... and a mild-mannered monster with a face only aFollowing a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden dubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys... and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. It has crooks, bats, cobwebs, skeletons, a lovable monster, an underground grotto and a treasure hidden by some of the most considerate, clue-loving pirates who ever lived. Their ghostly ship is the movie's piece de resistance.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    A rolicking good time is had by all in this adventure that is built on archetypal plot strands that tie together oh so well.
  3. The movie remains an embodiment of Spielberg's commercially cunning brand of clankingly retro filmmaking, despite the wit and charm brought to their Spiel-speak dialogue by the talented young performers, The Goonies is less a movie than an entertainment machine. [7 Jun 1985, p.E1]
  4. 75
    The Goonies, like Gremlins, shows that Spielberg and his directors are absolute masters of how to excite and involve an audience. "E.T." was more like "Close Encounters"; it didn't simply want us to feel, but also to wonder, and to dream.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    63
    Though obviously aimed at a younger audience, The Goonies is packed with four-letter words. Sure kids speak like that, but writer Chris Columbus and director Richard Donner rely on obscenities as a substitution for clever punch lines, tossing in a few sex jokes and a touch of racist humor as well.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    Territory is typical small town Steven Spielberg; this time set in a coastal community in Oregon. Story is told from the kids' point-of-view and takes a rather long time to be set in motion.
  7. 20
    The usual Spielberg rhetoric about the sanctity of childhood and the beauty of dreams seems wholly factitious in this crass context, which even includes a commercial--in the form of a rock video--for the tie-in merchandise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    I will never betray my Goon Dock friends.
    We will stick together until the whole world ends. Through heaven and hell, and nuclear
    war, good
    I will never betray my Goon Dock friends.
    We will stick together until the whole world ends. Through heaven and hell, and nuclear
    war, good pals like us we stick like tar. In the city, or the country, or the forest, or boonies,
    I am proudly declared one of the goonies!
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  2. May 29, 2012
    10
    This is truly a great kids film and great family film. The clever usage of the plot is what will really capture your attention. If not thatThis is truly a great kids film and great family film. The clever usage of the plot is what will really capture your attention. If not that then the great characters, bits of action, and bits of comedy will catch your eye. Collapse
  3. Oct 27, 2010
    10
    This is what you'll really enjoy
  4. Sep 15, 2013
    9
    Like many, this movie has a sacred place in my childhood. Everytime I watch the Goonies, I am filled with Nostalgic glee.

    But, nostalgia
    Like many, this movie has a sacred place in my childhood. Everytime I watch the Goonies, I am filled with Nostalgic glee.

    But, nostalgia aside, it is a very average adventure movie that has not aged well. This type of movie may have been magical in the 80s, but today, it comes across as a bit too much as a "for kids" movie.

    Overall:
    Regardless of my modern interpretation, I still adore this movie. I know everything that is wrong with it and know what it is, but I don't care. It is, and always will be. a treasured movie.
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  5. Jun 3, 2014
    8
    The Goonies will satisfy most children’s need for fun and adventure in a film, just like the Pirates of the Caribbean films do now.The Goonies will satisfy most children’s need for fun and adventure in a film, just like the Pirates of the Caribbean films do now.

    Although a little dated you cannot help but laugh and chuckle your way through this film, yes its cliche of the 80's coming of age films. But with strong characters and a great cast this surely is a film worth dusting off every so often. I shall certainly be showing this film to my daughter when she is old enough.
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  6. Apr 12, 2014
    7
    "the goonies is the wonderful adventure movie". the comedy sucks . but the story is bigger , marvelous .
    Grade A-.
    "the goonies is the wonderful adventure movie". the comedy sucks . but the story is bigger , marvelous .
    Grade A-. ....................................
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  7. JYT
    Jun 10, 2012
    1
    Please stop showing the Goonies on TV. It is a ridiculous movie for young children exited by a birthday party or xmas and high on sugar rush.Please stop showing the Goonies on TV. It is a ridiculous movie for young children exited by a birthday party or xmas and high on sugar rush. The story and characters are not interesting. It contains too much imbecility. Expand

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