The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams' oft-adapted tale of an normal guy making his way through the universe (it's already been presented as a novel, a radio serial, a television series, and a comic book) finally makes its way to the big screen in this endearingly goofy sci-fi comedy. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day -- after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect (Mos Def), is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed so that otherworldly forces can make room for construction of a hyperspace bypass.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Adams would be pleased."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[The movie] captures the quizzical, quasi-spiritual nature of [Adams'] book and manages to nail a surprising number of his dry little jokes, even some that you think could work only on the page."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"While it won't win any awards, it's fun as a time killer."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's hard to dislike a movie in which one of the heroes gets brain power from lemon juice."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A lot of fun and something different, poised to reach a broader audience with its silly and spirited tour of space -- which is vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big, by the way."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"The problem is not that the film debases the book but that movies themselves are too capacious a home for such comedy, with its tea-steeped English musings and its love of bitty, tangential gags."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Although Hitchhiker starts out a total gas, it doesn't have enough fuel to sustain the ride, ultimately amounting to little more than some amusing gags strung together in search of a story."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"Fans of the book will probably be a little disappointed, but anyone encountering the Hitchhiker's Guide for the first time should be thoroughly entertained. It is very strange and very funny in a way that Adams' work exemplified."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Considering all the things that could have gone wrong in the making of this picture, it's a minor miracle that it turned out as well as it did."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
""Mostly Unnecessary.""
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"[It has] visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Galaxy is good enough to keep you rooting for it, but the mode of transport needs fresher points and plugs."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
""The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" is an enjoyable sci-fi romp with a strong twist of self-effacing British raillery that children of all ages will get a charge from."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Devotees of the original stories are going to be frustrated that their favorite bits have been truncated or excised outright, while newbies will likely wonder what all the fuss has been about these last few decades."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
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