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83
Director Zack Snyder (300) has crafted the rare 3-D eyegasm that's worth the premium ticket price.
75
The film is surprisingly deft and entertains at both the adult and juvenile levels. If something in Guardians catches your eye, trust your gizzard.
75
A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.
70
This picture sometimes rivals "Avatar" in its spectacular landscapes and thrilling flying sequences, but of course it won't come anywhere near those megagrosses, and it's too scary to be wholeheartedly embraced by children.
63
The result is sometimes charming and always visually astonishing.
63
The movie is beautiful but, for one unfamiliar with the source material, confusing. I needed an owl scorecard.
63
A gorgeously animated combat fantasy - "The Lord of the Rings" meets "Happy Feet."
60
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.
50
Legend of the Guardians sounds as if it were scripted by a team of 11-year-old boys, with too much plot for its 91-minute running time, a script that steals liberally from "Star Wars" and some occasionally eye-roll-worthy weirdness.
38
The movie is still a mess, stumbling from comic-relief scenes that aren't funny to a job-training interlude in which we learn that, among other things, owls make excellent . . . blacksmiths?
38
And the action? It's especially hard to determine who's fighting whom in "Legends," because, well, because they are a bunch of owls.

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