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: 67%

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
"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
"While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"...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
"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
"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
"Director Richard Donner captures a lovely New England-type autumn chill and the feeling of impulsive, misspent weekends."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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