BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Guardians Of The Galaxy Reviews

By Dr. Know on August 1st, 2014

Critic Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy

via Rotten Tomatoes

Guardians of the Galaxy” has wit, energy and zaniness to spare. It will pop your corn and leave you hungry for more.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Detroit News

Detroit News
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Guardians of the Galaxy is an open fire hydrant of a summer movie: more fun than should be allowed in such hot weather.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer
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Though based on a comics series launched in 1969, “Guardians” comes on with a hip, absurdist humor that feels thoroughly modern.

July 31, 2014Full Review Source: Newsday

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The characters are great and the movie is often very funny.

July 31, 2014Full Review Source: Toronto Star

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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.

July 31, 2014Full Review Source: Boston Globe

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The people who made this movie must have had a swell time in the process, and it’s nice to see a summer epic that takes itself so unseriously.

July 31, 2014Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

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Entertaining, clever and often quite funny.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune

Marvel’s sci-fi adventure has it all: laughs, action, charm.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media

“Guardians of the Galaxy” relied too much on the audience already knowing the Marvel mythology. Call it, in my opinion, an unacceptable shorthand.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Movie Chambers

Movie Chambers

A Marvelous sci-fi adventure that flies by in a whoosh of nimble action and colorful characters.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

By playing with sci-fi and comic book clichés and assembling a charismatic and likeable cast, Guardians of the Galaxy is a welcome return to form for Marvel.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Irish Independent

Irish Independent

[It’s] the first of the MCU properties that didn’t feature a major Marvel character. Surprise, surprise, when you make the most enjoyable space opera romp since The Fifth Element, name recognition just doesn’t matter.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine

What sets this film apart from the less effective summer movies is that director James Gunn has put together a cast that can handle the action and the humor.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

Where it does work is in the lightness of touch director James Gunn brings to proceedings.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Irish Independent

Irish Independent

While not all superhero films are created equal, this comic-book space adventure adaptation is just good enough.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

It’s a summer blockbuster worthy of the moniker.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Eentertaining from start to finish, thanks to — guess what? — the writing!

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

By refusing to follow the usual formula, filmmaker James Gunn has made Marvel’s best-yet movie, a summer action-adventure that provides more cinematic fun than the rest of the year’s blockbusters rolled into one.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com


After a summer of slick, seamless superhero, monster and robot blockbusters, there’s certainly something to be said for a movie that feels reckless and messy.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Examiner

At first I thought, ‘This movie isn’t as clever as it thinks it is.’ But after a while, I decided maybe it was after all.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: What the Flick?!

“Star Wars” for a new generation.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Illinois Times

Illinois Times

Gunn delivers a pageant of eye candy splashed with the primary-color palette of his funnybook source material. He has the aesthetic down, if not always the mechanics.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: MLive.com


It’s like watching a ‘Star Wars’ movie filled with nothing but Han Solos.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel Studios’ best and certainly the most punk rock.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Central Track

Central Track

It taps into what the first three Star Wars films knew and the next three forgot: big heart and a sense of humor are what keep heavy machinery running smoothly.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Movies.com


Guardians defies Marvel’s house style.

August 1, 2014Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

Movie Mezzanine