Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes - each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.

Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

Less-than-compelling storyline.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

'Rise of the Guardians' is an effervescent dose of fantasia that's pretty hard to dislike. Unless, of course, you're a cynical grump.

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Eric D. Snider

Energetic animation and a handful of amusing character touches help, but they can't compensate for the paper-thin story and muddled messages.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Rise of the Guardians is harmless enough, and the lack of easy pop-culture jokes represents the post-Shrek direction of DreamWorks well enough. But this is the studio's least entertaining film.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A beautiful fantasy adventure that might change a few minds about the power and importance of these childhood fantasy characters.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The conceit has its charms but 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.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Too cluttered and manic to bring real pleasure.

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Nour Habib
Tulsa World

DreamWorks' newest picture is definitely one for the kids, but director Peter Ramsey makes it fun enough to put a smile on parents' faces.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Beautifully animated adventure aiming more for a younger audience than some other genre films. On the other hand there are plenty of pretty frightening scenes… More
Cynthia S.
Beautifully done. Stunning visuals. Funny. Enjoyable. Absolutely wonderful!...
Christian C
Although the animation was good and the story was certainly out of the box, I found its portrayals of beloved figures rather disconcerting. Who can warm up to… More
Greg S
Eternal teenager Jack Frost reluctantly joins the legendary Guardians (including Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc.) who protect the world's children from the… More
Spencer S.
Hopefully this will become a child's classic, because it has all the makings to be one. Fun for both adults and children, this film will remain as a… More
Manu Gino
When darkness falls, the Guardians will rise. Decent movie but not great! The plot is heavily about the idea of believing. We are told to believe in Santa… More