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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    63

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Though the journey ends on some fun notes after a sagging middle, Galaxy never fully breaks out.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    At selected moments the Pee Wee's Playhouse-scaled visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura in this long-awaited movie adaptation of Douglas Adams' goofy-wise cult classic are in perfect celestial harmony with the existential tomfoolery of Adams' peerless (and peerlessly Monty Python-British) creation.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Even if this new version of "Hitchhiker" doesn't quite capture it all, you'll still want to stick your thumb out and catch a ride.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Hits the screen with its disarmingly droll spirit quite intact.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Arthur and his alien friend travel the galaxy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is partly kooky and partly philosophical, and not always accessible to younger kids. While the slapstick (pratfalls, face slaps) and puns can be amusing, the chatter alternates between clever and tedious. Characters drink beer and use mild language. Parents should also know that the movie has some scary, if abstract moments (the earth is destroyed from outer space; the image features no people, but the globe does go pffft), some shooting of science-fiction-ish weapons, a few odd, large, ugly creatures.

  • Families can talk about the friendship between Arthur and Ford, who learn to appreciate each other's different perspectives and look out for one another. Families might also consider the symbolic roles played by the aliens Arthur meets (the two-headed president of the galaxy; the lumbering bureaucratic race called Vogons; the generous, sensitive Ford), or Arthur's passivity: how does he learn to act on his desires, look out for his friends, or have self-confidence? How can you define "normality"?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some shooting and some scary moments.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Some mild profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer.

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