'The Goonies' Critic Reviews

96%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
63%
Rotten Tomatoes:   43 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    The Goonies has every imaginable funhouse flourish. It has crooks, bats, cobwebs, skeletons, a lovable monster, an underground grotto and a treasure hidden by some of the most considerate, clue-loving pirates who ever lived.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The Goonies is a smooth mixture of the usual ingredients from Steven Spielberg action movies, made special because of the high-energy performances of the kids who have the adventures.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It's a charmless exercise: director Richard Donner turns the kids into shrieking ferrets, and his jumpy cutting seems to lag behind the action deliberately in a curious attempt to make the film seem more chaotic and cluttered.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Charles Cassady Common Sense Media
    80
    A classic '80s action-fantasy -- tweens will love!
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    60
    For some, The Goonies is a classic, but for others the film is simply a mediocre kids' flick.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    60
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    50
    ...lacks charm, wit, or warmth, yet appears to remain a hit with children because of its frenetic pace, slapstick gags, goofy characters, and slightly naughty language.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    50
    ...lacks charm, wit, or warmth, yet appears to remain a hit with children because of its frenetic pace, slapstick gags, goofy characters, and slightly naughty language.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Shane Burridge rec.arts.movies.reviews
    You'll feel more like you were on a theme park ride than at a movie
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steve Crum Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
    80
    Of its type, great fun--at least for kids.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    63
    Nothing more than cookbook filmmaking.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ryan Cracknell Movie Views
    Whether it's an organ that threatens death if the wrong note is played, a wishing well that talks back to you or a pirate ship, the surface of The Goonies is all about a child's innocence and faith in the unlikely.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Derek Adams Time Out
    While the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    75
    Director Richard Donner captures a lovely New England-type autumn chill and the feeling of impulsive, misspent weekends.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    40
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jake Euker F5 (Wichita, KS)
    20
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    60
    All parceled up in one of those gooey 'money doesn't buy happiness' endings so beloved by multimillionaire producers.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Derek Smith Apollo Guide
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Nik Huggins Future Movies UK
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    40
    Tries way too hard.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI)
    60
    Loads of fun for kids and tweeners, or at least it was back in the '80s.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Empire Magazine
    80
    A rolicking good time is had by all in this adventure that is built on archetypal plot strands that tie together oh so well.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    60
    A contemporary equivalent to the Hardy Boys adventure tales.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
    80
    a nostalgic gem
    Full Review » 10 years ago