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Guardians of the Galaxy

Action . Science Fiction . Adventure . Sci-Fi

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

Actors: Chris Pratt , Zoe Saldana , Dave Bautista , Vin Diesel , Bradley Cooper , Lee Pace , Michael Rooker , Karen Gillan , Djimon Hounsou , John C. Reilly
Directors: James Gunn
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2014-08-01
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  • Joe Williams

    Surrender, earthlings. It’s the Guardians’ world and you’ll be happy to live in it.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It manages the trick of being both an unironic sci-fi action-adventure flick and a zippy parody of one. It’s exciting, funny, self-aware, beautiful to watch and even, for a flickering instant or two, almost touching.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Guardians Of The Galaxy is the most charming Marvel movie so far. The primary ensemble (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel) is perhaps the most winning group of characters they've introduced in any of these movies.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    A perfectly irreverent counterpoint to movies that take their superheroes a bit too seriously.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The film's a giddily subversive space opera that runs on self-aware smart-assery.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    [A] blend of classic sci-fi fare and current pop-culture irony is what rockets “Guardians” into the stratosphere. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Blessed with a loose, anarchic B-picture soul that encourages you to enjoy yourself even when you're not quite sure what's going on, the scruffy "Guardians" is irreverent in a way that can bring the first "Star Wars" to mind.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's easy to get carried away with movies like this, which lend themselves to fanboy hype. It's not a perfect movie. But it is one that is hugely enjoyable, bears repeated viewings and will be as funny in 10 years (or 50) as it is now. And that's pretty swell.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Guardians of the Galaxy does the impossible. Through dazzle and dumb luck, it turns the clichés of comic-book films on their idiot heads and hits you like an exhilarating blast of fun-fun-fun. It's insanely, shamelessly silly – just one reason to love it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Gunn makes this huge entertainment accessible to the converted and the neophyte alike, and he has only has one goal: To send you out of the theater with a fat smile on your face. Mission accomplished.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    It’s filled with a kind of giddy energy that leaps off the screen. It’s corny, it’s dopey, it’s sincere, it’s romantic, it’s thrilling and it leaves one anticipating the next adventure of these heroic goofballs.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    Gunn’s careful to keep the focus on the central five, but certainly proves himself capable of the bigger canvas. The film really pops visually, with an admirably bright color palette (DP Ben Davis doing excellent work), and though there are occasionally some geography issues, the action is mostly satisfying.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It is fast, it is fun.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    To see an expensive, big-studio movie freed from creative constraints and directorial cynicism is always a rare and wondrous experience. In a season of bloated indulgence, it’s also fair to call it a marvel.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Here, a pulse, wit, beauty and a real sensibility have been slipped into the fray, alongside the clockwork guffaws, kabooms and splats.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Gunn, a B-movie enthusiast who got his start at Troma, has found a way to bring funkiness and humanity to a galaxy-spanning blockbuster, one filled with dogfights and floating fortresses, but also with heroes quick with a quip, fast on the draw, and more than a little beaten up by the universe.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    As much as Guardians largely thrives through its lovably scuzzy style, it cannot avoid the immense tractor-beam pull of The Big Marvel Studios Final Act.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    Overall this is giddy, ridiculous fun, a witty, wacky and wonderfully generous sugary gift of a film.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Matt Risley

    Mad, marvellous and all kinds of sci-fi magical, Guardians Of The Galaxy is Marvel’s riskiest but most surprising success yet.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Guardians of the Galaxy is undoubtedly a flashy space opera, but if you are on board with that, it's a resounding success that takes a seat at Marvel's top table and suggests there could still be life after The Avengers.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The fun of it – and Guardians of the Galaxy specialises in fun, served by the sugar-sprinkled ice-cream-scoopload – is in seeing this odd quintet bluster through space battles and alien brawls that would have defeated anyone smarter and better-equipped. Just as the team makes do with the junk they find around them, the film feels like a mound of gems culled from decades of pop-culture scavenging.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    Overall, the writers have crafted a well-articulated universe with distinct settings and relatable, compelling characters devoted to a thrilling quest for redemption.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Guardians of the Galaxy is an outlier: a space opera in a largely earthbound movie cycle (excepting the occasional red-eye to another dimension in the Thor pictures), candy-colored and bopping where the other Marvel movies are muted and imposing, and the funniest one to date, without a doubt.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The gadgetry and fight scenes are nicely rendered. The aeronautical battles, though, fall well short of state-of-the-art. Maybe they're collateral damage to the film's goofy style.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Too loud, too long and too busy but – here’s the good part – also wonderfully silly.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The film’s fast, amusing, good-looking and not overlong, which is all sensible non-geeks ask of such movies.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    With its introduction of wonderfully memorable characters and blend of humor, action and catchy tunes, Guardians is perfectly pitched escapist fun.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    A fun and relatively fresh space Western. Think “Firefly” pitched at 15-year-olds, with a lot of overt "Star Wars" nods. And super-“irreverent” dialogue that is, more often than not, genuinely funny. Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    The motley crew’s repartee makes for comedy that’s surprisingly consistent, yet freewheeling and sharp enough to pinball from Kevin Bacon to Jackson Pollock and back.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The film owes its relative buoyancy above all to Chris Pratt as the wisecracking space rogue at the helm.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Guardians of the Galaxy is fun but forgettable, or perhaps Gunn crams so much onto the screen that memory is crowded out. Definitely worth a second look, just to figure out what in the name of Buckaroo Banzai is going on.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The vibe, if not the specifics, is highly reminiscent of "The Last Starfighter," "Battlestar Galactica," "Battle Beyond the Stars," and others. The fact that the movie's "present" is defined as being 1988 and the soundtrack is peppered with '70s tunes cements the retro feeling.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Guardians boasts not one, but two Han Solo proxies — not to mention an ass-kicking Princess Leia surrogate, a villain with a very Sithian fashion sense, and the flora answer to Chewbacca. Also, one of the Han Solo types is a talking raccoon.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Laugh-out-loud funny and production-designed to death, Guardians of the Galaxy pops off the screen.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Though the special effects win the day, Guardians of the Galaxy holds court with a sense of humor that transcends its more familiar ingredients.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The film seems content to be the class clown of the Marvel Universe, which is all well and good. But like most class clowns, sometimes you wish it would apply itself — because it seems capable of being so much more.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    A likable lightweight, though it's heavy enough on cosmic combat and dazzling effects.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It’s a high-spirited, swashbuckling lark driven by cartoonish special effects and an ingenious double-layered nostalgia that allows it to become a virtual mixtape of ‘70s hits that predate its intended audience: “Hooked on a Feeling,” “The Piña Colada Song,” “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” etc. Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Unlike the stiff-jawed heroics of the other Marvel films, this feels a little looser and lighter, with Pratt as charming, amoral accidental leader Peter Quill, an earthling among the stars who, as he will tell you, is also known as the roving brigand “Starlord.”

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant — as does Chris Pratt’s winning performance as the most blissfully spaced-out space crusader this side of Buckaroo Banzai.

    Variety Full Review
  • Abhimanyu Das

    For every scene that soars into the dizzying heights of the pop sublime, there's another that crashes back down into the mundane troughs of studio-mandated formula.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Steve Rose

    The movie practically satirises itself as it goes along, glossing over its own absurdity in the process.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    It’s a bit of a botch.

    Time Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty much where action movies are these days - a combination of comedy without wit, action without drama and elaborate visuals that are nothing much to look at.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Gunn has to juggle so many plot elements — so many booming galactic battles, so many whisker-close brushes with death — that it's little wonder he loses his grip on the thing. He inserts occasional moments of wonder but doesn't bother to smooth over the seams.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Guardians of the Galaxy brings to mind some of the most unforgettable sci-fi event movies of the last 30 years. Alas, those films are “Howard the Duck” and “Green Lantern.”

    New York Post Full Review
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