Guardians of the Galaxy 1.0 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy movie poster

Director James Gunn brings the same brand of sweetness-amid-the-horror he peddled in Super to a big-budget Marvel Universe space saga. Put another way: this is an anti-Avengers. There, a disparate group of heroes had to look past their own individual excellences in order to come together as a team. Here, a disparate group of wretches have to look past their own individual damages in order to come together as a team. Put still another way: Marvel puts its heart on its sleeve with a story about the healing power of friendship, but that sleeve is stained with blood, spit, and other bodily fluids. The dialogue is weak, the story is paint-by-numbers, and the characterization is short on personality and heavy on chuckle-fishing. But for better or for worse, star Chris Pratt throws himself headlong into his play to become a new generation's Han Solo. With Zoe Saldana. 2014.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386

Tuesday, October 21

9:50pm

Wednesday, October 22

6:45pm, 9:50pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386

Tuesday, October 21

10:00pm

Wednesday, October 22

6:50pm, 10:00pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386

Wednesday, October 22

6:00pm, 9:20pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770

Tuesday, October 21

10:25pm

Wednesday, October 22

11:55am, 2:00pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 10:25pm

Digiplex Mission Marketplace

431 College Boulevard, Oceanside, 760-806-1790

Wednesday, October 22

11:10am, 2:05pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, October 23

11:10am, 2:05pm

Regal Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Tuesday, October 21

9:30pm

Wednesday, October 22

3:30pm

Regal Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716

Tuesday, October 21

9:50pm

Wednesday, October 22

11:30am, 4:40pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, October 23

11:30am

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327

Tuesday, October 21

10:00pm

Wednesday, October 22

7:10pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, October 23

7:10pm, 10:00pm

Comments

Harate July 30, 2014 @ 12:02 p.m.

How is one paragraph admissible as a review? I doubt this guy even watched the movie.

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Matthew Lickona July 30, 2014 @ 12:18 p.m.

Trust me, I saw it. I wouldn't have mentioned "other bodily fluids" if I hadn't been certain that there was a semen joke in there. Comes right after Zoe Saldana tells Chris Pratt that his spaceship is filthy and he replies, "She has no idea." I admit that it's tricky to get at the heart of a film in only a few words, but I did make an effort. Cheers!

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Tempest3 July 31, 2014 @ 5:37 a.m.

Judging by the sophomoric manor this "critic" responds to his own criticism; I wouldn't put too much stock in his ability to judge anything. A true professional would keep their mouth shut and feel confident enough about their own opinion. This guy responded to almost everyone like an angry teenager in a huff.

"if you can't take the heat..."

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