The Goonies
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Leonard Maltin wasn't alone when he noticed similarities between Goonies and the 1934 Our Gang comedy Mama's Little Pirate. Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids (including such second-generation Hollywoodites as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids manage to befriend Fratelli's hideously deformed (but soft-hearted) son (John Matuszak), who comes to their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a charmless exercise: director Richard Donner turns the kids into shrieking ferrets, and his jumpy cutting seems to lag behind the action deliberately in a curious attempt to make the film seem more chaotic and cluttered."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The Goonies has every imaginable funhouse flourish. 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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"classic mid-1980s Spielberg"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"For some, The Goonies is a classic, but for others the film is simply a mediocre kids' flick."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Of its type, great fun--at least for kids."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Persists as one of the great fables of young adult cinema not merely because it's very skilled at what it does, but because it weaves that magic into the minds and hearts of kids that serve as identifiable facets of our universal journey towards maturity."
‑ David Keyes,
"An excellent child oriented fantasy adventure in the vein of "The Hardy Boys.""
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...lacks charm, wit, or warmth, yet appears to remain a hit with children because of its frenetic pace, slapstick gags, goofy characters, and slightly naughty language."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Nothing more than cookbook filmmaking."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Goonies is a smooth mixture of the usual ingredients from Steven Spielberg action movies, made special because of the high-energy performances of the kids who have the adventures."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...true to the camaraderie of boys who have been left alone to roam on their bikes."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A classic '80s action-fantasy -- tweens will love!"
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"You'll feel more like you were on a theme park ride than at a movie"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"Whether it's an organ that threatens death if the wrong note is played, a wishing well that talks back to you or a pirate ship, the surface of The Goonies is all about a child's innocence and faith in the unlikely."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
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