“Rise of the Guardians” is beautifully rendered — there are times during Jack Frost's early sequences that look photorealistic — and it shows that the studio is putting real effort into making their flagship animated films pop off the screen, with or without 3-D. But like so many holiday event movies before it, “Rise of the Guardians” misses the mark just slightly, perhaps because competing with the actual dreams of children makes for tough competition. It's not a lump of coal, but it's not an Xbox, either.
— George Lang
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‘Rise of the Guardians'
Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law. (Thematic elements and some mildly scary action)