Box Office - 09/23/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE follows in the mythic traditions of children's fantasy literature and offers audiences a SECRET OF NIMH for a new era..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/24/2010
"The magnificent arcing swoops and spins of the owls achieved by the animation team make such good use of the 3-D technology you can almost feel the pure freedom and joy of flight."
USA Today - 09/24/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "Beautifully drawn....The film is surprisingly deft and entertains at both the adult and juvenile levels."
Variety - 09/19/2010
"The owls are rendered with startlingly lifelike detail..."
Empire - 10/22/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "GUARDIANS is near photo-real, with its vast, painterly, deep focus environments serviced by the 3D format."
Director Zack Snyder teams with screenwriters John Collee and John Orloff to adapt author Kathryn Lasky's popular series of children's books about a group of kidnapped owlets who take flight to save their kingdom from an ancient evil by locating the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole. As a young hatchling, Soren would sit transfixed whenever his father would tell the tale of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and their tireless efforts to defeat the malevolent Pure Ones, whose aim was to exterminate the entire owl population. After hearing the high-flying tales of adventure, Soren would fantasize about gliding through the clouds with the brave owl soldiers while his jealous older brother, Kludd, attempted to gain their father's favor by becoming a skilled hunter. One day, Kludd's anger gets the best of him, and the next thing he knows he's tumbling over the edge of the nest with Soren. But instead of falling to the ground, the siblings are quickly snatched up by the dreaded Pure Ones, and are taken to a place where their parents will never find them. Incredibly, Soren and group of fearless young owls manage to stage a daring escape. With the future of the owl kingdoms hanging in the balance, brave Soren and his newfound friends travel to the ends of the earth in hopes of finding the mythical Great Tree and convincing the Guardians of Ga'Hoole to help defeat the Pure Ones once and for all.