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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole [2010]

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Several owlets are swept away from their homes and families and placed under into slave-like conditions, where they are forced to perform assigned tasks by the Pure Ones. When two of the owls manage to escape from their captors, they make their way to the legendary tree where the Guardians reside in order to find help. With the voices of Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham. Directed by Zack Snyder. [1:30 - PG]

DUELING CRITICS

thumbs up

"A delightfully immersive CG fantasy from the animators of Happy Feet... Director Zack Snyder (300) has crafted the rare 3-D eyegasm that's worth the premium ticket price."

- Jeff Labrecque

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"An unmemorable, frenzied, characterless hodgepodge that delights the eyes while numbing the brain...The humorless pomposity of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole prevents anyone who wants complexity or continuity from taking it at all."

- Lawrence Toppman


CRITICAL CONSENSUS

Jeff Labrecque | Entertainment Weekly
Scott Bowles | USA Today
Stephen Cole | The Globe and Mail
Betsy Sharkey | Los Angeles Times
Stephen Farber | The Hollywood Reporter
Carrie Rickey | Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Russo | Boston Globe
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Nick Schager | L.A. Weekly
Elizabeth Weitzman | New York Daily News
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo | Boxoffice Magazine
Tasha Robinson | Onion AV Club
Andy Webster | The New York Times
Peter Hartlaub | San Francisco Chronicle
Kristin Dreyer Kramer | NightsAndWeekends 2.5
Andrew Barker | Variety
Keith Uhlich | Time Out New York
Kyle Smith | New York Post
Dan Kois | Washington Post
Lawrence Toppman | Charlotte Observer

















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