The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Earthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend is an alien and to top things off, Planet Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Arthur's only chance for survival: hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. For the novice space traveler, the greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends. Arthur sets out on a journey in which he finds that nothing is as it seems: he learns that a towel is just the most useful thing in the universe, finds the meaning of life, and discovers that… 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,
"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,
"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
""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
"[It has] visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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
"Adams fans will have to content themselves with the fact that, while the film is not perfect, it is indeed the best they could realistically have hoped for."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Threat
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