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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 quartetBrash 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

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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: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 29, 2014
    91
    [A] blend of classic sci-fi fare and current pop-culture irony is what rockets “Guardians” into the stratosphere.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 31, 2014
    88
    It’s filled with a kind of giddy energy that leaps off the screen. It’s corny, it’s dopey, it’s sincere, it’s romantic, it’s thrilling and it leaves one anticipating the next adventure of these heroic goofballs.
  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: 31 out of 515
  1. Aug 20, 2014
    10
    This movie is just great in every way. The writing is amazing, the directing is amazing, Chris Pratt is pretty good, Zoe Saldana is prettyThis movie is just great in every way. The writing is amazing, the directing is amazing, Chris Pratt is pretty good, Zoe Saldana is pretty good, Vin Diesel is pretty good, Bradly Cooper is really good, and surprisingly Dave Bautista is actually really good. When the director wants to add something funny its halarious everyone in the theater would laugh overall this movie is just great that is why i gave it a 10/10. Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2014
    10
    This movie was a complete letdown!

    I was expecting a cheesy action comedy but all I got was a master piece that made me question whether
    This movie was a complete letdown!

    I was expecting a cheesy action comedy but all I got was a master piece that made me question whether Star Wars V was still the best sci-fi movie out there. How dare they go beyond my expectations!
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  3. 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 ensembleHighly 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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  4. Oct 29, 2014
    9
    Guardians of the Galaxy is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie contains a lot of humor and plenty of references toGuardians of the Galaxy is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie contains a lot of humor and plenty of references to 80s culture. The humor should be expected though because I mean there is a giant sentient tree named Groot and a genetically modified talking raccoon. The movie boasts a great soundtrack along with some breathtaking visuals and some well done action sequences. The cast does an outstanding job portraying this band of outlaws without needing separate films providing origin stories. The one gripe I have with this movie is the villain Ronan the Accuser, the name makes him sound very threatening yet I never felt all that threatened by his presence in the movie. Without spoiling the ending I will say Ronan needs some cultural lessons. Overall the film left me feeling extremely excited for future appearances of Peter Quill, Gamora, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Expand
  5. Aug 2, 2014
    8
    The pacing of this movie was really odd. I was a little put off by some things that weren't really explained, and there were definitely a fewThe pacing of this movie was really odd. I was a little put off by some things that weren't really explained, and there were definitely a few contrived plot points. Don't get me wrong, this movie is a lot of fun! And, I guess I really should have gone into it with a more open mind. What I expected was corny, and I'm not gonna lie, I got corny. Take it with a grain of salt though. This movie had a lot of heart. Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2014
    8
    A really funny and enjoyable film and a complete surprise considering Marvel doesn't usually make films of a standard as high as this.A really funny and enjoyable film and a complete surprise considering Marvel doesn't usually make films of a standard as high as this.

    Great CGI, Hilarious Dialogue with mostly fun and interesting characters and a reasonably good story line; I'd definitely say this is a movie well worth seeing.

    The only let downs were small things such as a lack of character in one of the main characters.
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  7. Dec 26, 2014
    0
    This movie is like the sum of all the things an author is left with after spending out all of his/her creativity.

    Basically it gives the
    This movie is like the sum of all the things an author is left with after spending out all of his/her creativity.

    Basically it gives the impression as if people didn't know what to come up with anymore, so they've just put every single crazy thing they could think of into this movie producing nothing but a really big pile of mixed unrelated trash.

    Movie is trying to be funny, but somehow it's not, despite all the efforts. If I had to guess, I'd say the only reason this movie got positive score is because it's: 1. Dinsey and 2. Marvel

    Zero.
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