A kidnapped owlet breaks away from his captors and, with his new companions, sets out to find a band of mythic warriors to defend his race from the evil Pure Ones.
" The script is merely serviceable and too reminiscent of similar fantasy tales. But kids will instantly relate to the gentle Soren, while watching wide-eyed as he faces each challenge. "
" 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? "
" The animation itself is startlingly beautiful, as is the ancient owl world it imagines. The battles are complex and, in true Snyder tradition, heavy on the action. "
" Director Zack Snyder attempts to shoehorn his heavily art-directed mayhem into a kiddie-pic mold with predictably ill-fitting results. "
" Zack Snyder's films have some of the best opening-credits sequences in cinema; the unfortunate thing is that there's always a movie after them. "
" [It] has some nicely designed animation, and it deserves credit for trying to break the Disney mold of animated critter movies. But there's mold-breaking, and then there's weird. "
" There are a handful of soaring, immersive and at times beautiful fight-and-flight sequences which utilise 3D in the best imaginable way. "
" 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. "
" A classical heroic odyssey that boasts a spirit similar to that of The Secret of N.I.M.H., and is enhanced by such sumptuous 3-D CGI it would make Pixar blush. "
" The film's look can't overcome all its shortcomings, but it helps them go down easier than its title. "
" Classy cast and stunning visuals compensate for a pedestrian script. "
" May be a hoot, but for all its pyrotechnics, it fails to soar. "
" After its soaring beginning, Guardians of Ga'Hoole plummets to more generic ground. It's well-made, but how can you care about its owl heroes and villains when you can't always tell them apart? "
" Despite the odds, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole may be the season's most dramatically compelling and most visually sumptuous animated feature. Who could have predicted that? "
" Snyder has crafted the rare 3-D eyegasm that's worth the premium ticket price. "
" A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained. "
" Children with a particular affection for epic tales, no matter how derivative or cacophonous, will probably enjoy Legend of the Guardians. "
" The effect finally is to neglect, rather than nurture, a story with potential. "
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