Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" based on the beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2010
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Consensus: Legend of the Guardians' dark tone and dazzling visuals are to be admired, even if they're ultimately let down by a story that never lives up to its full potential.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

There are a handful of soaring, immersive and at times beautiful fight-and-flight sequences which utilise 3D in the best imaginable way.

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James Rocchi
MSN Movies

Snyder and his crew have made a film for an improbably narrow audience -- I can imagine 12 1/2-year-old boys being enthralled by it -- but they've made it with such skill and care it's more a shame than a failure.

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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

First of all, the animation is nuts. The owls look like actual owls, only with emotions and jokes and magical warrior helmets. Secondly, all the cutest types of owl are included.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

May be a hoot, but for all its pyrotechnics, it fails to soar.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . .the film employs a staggering array of British and Australian character actors. . .who bluster on about nobility and the savagery of war in plummy accents, then take to the skies, with razored claws to tear each other to shreds.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

The film's look can't overcome all its shortcomings, but it helps them go down easier than its title.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

After the frightened kids run screeching from the theater, adults may wonder what this vicious flick was trying to teach us. But as a guardian of unhatched spirits, I say: Hoo-hoo-hoo cares?

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a thrilling and exciting tale that the whole family can enjoy

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A very visually pleasing movie, amazing animation! An interesting tale with an excellent voice cast and of course Zack Snyder's trademark super slo mo… More
Chris Weber
This is a film based on some literature (man, I've been watching, reviewing, and re-reviewing a lot of these lately) about a young owlet who yearns for… More
Jens S.
Let's be honest, it's a movie with owls fighting each other while wearing helmets. Sounds horrible? I agree. But, as it turns out, the movie deserves… More
Sophie Burgess
Whilst the voice performances were brilliant and the visual effects were absolutely stunning, the story just doesn't take off. It's very simple,… More
Scott Green
Zack Snyder has stooped very low to male a film like this but there are a few good cinematics.
Conner Rainwater
Maybe I'm in the minority, but I loved this a lot. At the end of the day, you have to like cute little owls to find this interesting because this movie… More