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Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

guardians_of_the_galaxyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: The plot is not of much consequence both in terms of how it is scripted and what we care about. The beauty and delight of this film is just having a group of characters that we simply love hanging out with and enjoy watching them interact.
  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fabulosa película para todos repleta de humor, diversión y acción a raudales. De todas las hijas más o menos legítimas de “La guerra de las galaxias”, esta, con James Gunn a los mandos, puede ser la que mejor ha recogido su espíritu atemporal y universal.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: For much of ‘Guardians’’ 122 minutes, writer/director James Gunn’s grab-bag of quirky characters, genre ribbing, and incongruent ‘70s pop tunes goes over like gangbusters. The trouble is, it’s only irreverent to a point, and when the time comes to wrap things up, Gunn plays it strictly by the book.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There have been few must-see films of the 2014 summer season, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely one.
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una película de superhéroes que se atreve a innovar pero que a veces también se queda en lo más superficial de sus personajes.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Marvel’s first outright comedy, kin to the deliriously funny and affectionate “Star Trek” parody, “Galaxy Quest.”
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: But even if it starts awkwardly and half-fumbles its ending, Guardians of the Galaxy never loses sight of the idea that a big summer blockbuster should be fun, and there’s a solid hour and a half of its running time that is hugely enjoyable.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a hilariously subversive spectacle.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tiene un guión obsesionado con que no dejen de pasar cosas, y no hacen más que complicar la trama para que casi no haya descansos.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a smart, snappy and sarcastic space opera more in the “Star Wars” mold. Thing is, this is the best movie of its type since “Star Wars,” and that’s not a comparison to be made lightly.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Goofy, energetic, space-faring fun!
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is the spiritual sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy we dreamed about. Action packed, well written and most of all fun!
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This movie should not work; there is a talking raccoon, a walking tree, and space battles. However, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best action film of the year so far.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is a likably goofy, lively and cheeky lark, though really never the ecstatic, rollicking space adventure it could have been. It evaporates as fast as it comes, but while it’s onscreen, it’s fun.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: THIS is how you construct a sci-fi action/adventure that tries nothing more than to entertain its audience with every frame without underestimating the intelligence of said audience. THIS is how you combine a big-budget special effects summer blockbuster product while maintaining an original voice and constructing an intriguing and genuinely fun story. THIS is Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s nothing short of a modern sci-fi space adventure masterpiece.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Glenn Lovell @
    • Excerpt: … retro space opera that plays more like a bad spoof of a ‘Star Wars’ spoof
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Whereas many of the prior films have had veins of humor running through their plotting, Guardians makes the humor a more pervasive and inspired part of its narrative, which moves the film in a decidedly new and fascinating direction.
  • Dan Lybarger @
    • Excerpt: Yes, you can spot Stan Lee making yet another cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ More importantly, his spirit can be found in just about every frame.
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: A wonderfully diverting non-Avengers entry into the Marvel canon
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the awesome baby of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jana J. Monji @
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy, is a fun and witty gallop through the galaxy, with plenty of sympathetic characters and a dance-worthy retro to 1980s soundtrack that will make you think of a young Kevin Bacon.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Out of this world?
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Behold! A gleefully giddy Marvelverse B-movie space fantasy writ large, Guardians of the Galaxy is not just the best Marvel movie to date, but also the one of the finest science fiction adventures to come along in, well, quite some time.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The main genre is more adventure than sci-fi, and the tone lighter and more comic than a lot of recent superhero movies, but that’s what makes Guardians of the Galaxy so refreshing.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: From one end to the other, Guardians of the Galaxy feels like someone’s sincere attempt to make an everlasting cult film. It certainly feels like one. It’s goofy, it’s corny, it’s illogical, and it contains characters the feel like they were ejected from a more focused screenplay. The film will certainly be a hit at the box office, but you can easily imagine it someday finding its place among the best of the Friday Night cult films, right up there with The Fifth Element, Evil Dead II and Buckaroo Banzai. That’s good company.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: It’s quite simply, the reason people go to and love the movies.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:45 pm

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