The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A frantic and occasional funny adaptation of Douglas Adams' novel. However, it may have those unfamiliar with the source material scratching their heads.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Adams would be pleased.

Stephanie Zacharek

[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.

Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Could surely be a lot better, but there's much to enjoy in the film that exists, with its organic mixture of comic tones, and generally upbeat attitude of breezy fun.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . .there is something crucial missing from the mix. Some heart and soul that might make you care more about the plight of plebby Arthur and his gang of intergalactic pals.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

[It has] visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Galaxy is good enough to keep you rooting for it, but the mode of transport needs fresher points and plugs.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While it won't win any awards, it's fun as a time killer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Ah Mr Douglas Adams and his legendary cosmic comedy, dare I say his unfilmable legendary cosmic comedy? Much like [i]Monty Python[/i] or [i]Fawlty Towers[/i]… More
Wildaly M
Quirky and funny sci-fi flick. Definitely unique and worth watching.
Kevin M. Williams
Feeling in the mood for some cheeky Brit humor, all understated and smart and whatnot, then one will not do badly here. We take a tour of the galaxy, meet some… More
Red Lats
I keep hearing praises for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Perhaps the book is better than the film. Zooey Deschanel is quite cute… More
Lucas Martins
Star Wars meet Monty Phyton.
Scott Green
This is a film with qualities that are way ahead of its time, no-one would think to make a documentary guide that has action, drama, comedy, romance and acting… More