The Goonies
The Goonies (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 7, 1985
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An energetic, sometimes noisy mix of Speilbergian sentiment and funhouse tricks that will appeal to kids and nostalgic adults alike.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

"The Goonies" is the kind of hyperactive peril-packed movie young audiences can't resist.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.

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David Keyes

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.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

The action at the center of Chris Columbus' script occasionally falters and generally feels manufactured, but the kids go about their chores as if convinced that all their make-believe is true.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Josh Larsen

...true to the camaraderie of boys who have been left alone to roam on their bikes.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

classic mid-1980s Spielberg

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
What it lacks in script, it more than makes up for in grand, perilous structure and heartwarming adventure. The Goonies is a classical combustion of laughter,… More
Michael Edwards
Literally, everybody in my high school class had seen this movie, and we watched it one day in Earth Science (For Some strange reason) and i thought that it was… More
Alice Shen
So freakin' stupid. The exposition sets up all the boys' distinct personalities, only to squander the rest of the movie with unmotivated action and… More
KJ Proulx
"The Goonies" captures the emotions of kids to perfection, as each person has their own unique characteristic, which is what each actor has brought to… More
Jens S.
Classic 80s adventure comedy with that certain suburban Spielberg feeling that will never fail to entertain on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Thomas Bowler
Funny and exciting with more than just a hint of nostalgia. Full review later.