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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

2005
Comedy
Sci-fi
1h 49m
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Rated 17 May 2008
51
30th
With a cast and source material this good this movie should have been amazing. As it stands, however, the special effects, sets and costumes are fantastic but the very reason the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is great, the humor, is just completely flat. Throughout the entire film you'll find yourself thinking "that should have been funny" or "that should have been funnier.' The film simply lacks any real spark and ends up being painfully mediocre.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
50
40th
Attempts the improbable ( Adams' novels are not literature in a classic sense, they are more of a collection of Pytonic sketches) and falls apart...not miserably though. There are parts laughable on their own. As they start jumping with the probability engine they all turn into crafted dolls in a stop motion animation for a moment. That is a great idea on its own.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
64
23rd
A resounding disappointment. Adams' humor simply doesn't translate to the big screen, particularly not compressed down to two hours. The casting was very good and the sets and effects were fine. It simply felt lifeless and dull. Hearing someone say "Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal" out loud just isn't the same as reading it on the page. Stick with the books.
Rated 02 Nov 2008
66
52nd
It suffers without Douglas Adams' hilarious narration, and it deviates from the book in places, but the movie still does enough right to be worth the watch. It has its laughs, and the cast is uniformly good. It just never lives up to the potential of the franchise, but that's not to say it isn't fine entertainment in its own right. I love the Improbability Drive sequence, I love Rickman's robot voice-work, and Freeman and Mos Def have fun chemistry. As you can probably guess, it has its moments.
Rated 27 Dec 2009
60
23rd
Pretty disappointing. The radio series and (to an extent) the TV series prove that Adams' material can work in more forms than just on the page, but something got lost in the transition here. The movie seemed to rush through many classic bits -- such as the bulldozer scene at the beginning -- and most of the stuff that was added for the movie was lackluster. I wasn't too fond of the casting either, although Marvin worked well.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
40
20th
Could have been something truly great.
Rated 11 Dec 2006
39
2nd
eh, it had it's moments, but it was mostly just stupid
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
53rd
Rather good, if you consider the book is unfilmable.
Rated 05 Jul 2015
82
51st
Certainly has its moments, but feels too much like a compromise. Read the book first. Or after. Just read it.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
62
66th
Could have been better, the animated sequences with Stephen Fry's narration were the only really great parts. Replacing Mos Def with someone else probably would have helped.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
76th
So it wasn't super accurate to the book, but so what! You can always just read the book! This was an entertaining film, and that's all that really matters. It's got the main point of the book down, and for those who have seen the old BBC film, there are a number of nice bonuses added to this one. Really good!
Rated 04 May 2010
6
37th
Unfortunatelly,not good as book was..not even close....
Rated 18 Jan 2010
81
44th
Has some very good moments, but is not as funny or charming as the book. The biggest problems in my eyes were the unsuccessful attempts to meld British comedy with American sensibilities.
Rated 27 Aug 2012
65
21st
Pretty good for a Sci Fi comedy; although many of the jokes are annoying or overplayed. I thought this film would be better if they slowed it down some and made it a little longer; it seemed like they tried to fit to big of a film in its 109 minutes. Sam Rockwell is awesome by the way.
Rated 17 May 2008
88
95th
i love sci-fi and this does deliver. a story so fantastic that you must not in the least bit believe it, not unlike a douglas adams book, that it implores you're believing in it.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
65
5th
Uh, I didn't get it. Therefore, what I assume was meant to be humorous and intelligent ended up being mostly annoying.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
12
8th
It may as well have been 90 minutes of sarcastic brits pissing on douglas adams grave. It would have been just as funny, and just as respectful as what they did with this trash.
Rated 31 Oct 2008
100
71st
I LOVE THIS FILM BECAUSE OF COMEDY ONLY.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
75th
A surprisingly accurate look at the book, which includes it wonderfully dry British humor. The planet factory is a site to behold. Great fun.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
60th
Funny enough, unjustly picked upon by fanboys.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
68
45th
Sorta a let down. I'm convinced they can't make a good Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
25
2nd
I guess I'm missing something about this one. It just wasn't interesting or entertaining.
Rated 27 Jun 2007
2
11th
Read the book
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
25th
A little unnecessary and slight overall, but Garth Jennings has a good sense of humor that he puts to good use here. And Zooey Deschanel is great as always.
Rated 28 Feb 2007
7
32nd
If judged on its own merits, it would probably be a pretty watchable and pretty enjoyable film. Compared with the original material, though, it's a travesty. Listen to the radio series, watch the TV series, read the books: whatever you do, though, avoid the film.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
3
45th
Not so bad.
Rated 15 May 2007
37
15th
There are two ways to review this movie: as a comedy film and as an adaptation of the book. As a comedy, it was terrible: I laughed maybe four times during the film. As an apatation, it is soul-destroying. Every version of Hitchhiker is different, but there is one thing that should remain consistent: humor. Besides the lack of humor, the script is sloppy that includes set ups from the book without their punchlines, and punchlines without setups. Aviod this and watch the miniseries instead.
Rated 05 Aug 2007
65
38th
Not quite the adaptation that we were all hoping for, but not the adaptation that we were all fearing either. Stop watching when John Malkovich turns into a CGI spider-thing; after that, the adaptation veers further and further away from the book and towards a morass of manure.
Rated 27 May 2007
4
61st
it would be perfect if it was done by monty pythons...
Rated 18 Mar 2012
49
69th
Mostly Charmless.
Rated 25 Mar 2008
70
40th
As a huge Douglas Adams fan, I really looked forward to this. And it's not as bad as some reviews say, but boy, it sure isn't great either. See it if you've read the books, but be prepared for things to not appear at all as you envisioned, and certainly for funny bits you fondly recall to be omitted. There is a funny bit near the end that Adams himself wrote to be added in that you'll never have seen before about queueing.
Rated 09 Apr 2010
64
43rd
Although Douglas Adams' masterful and beyond hilarious narration is absent, it's still a faithful and stunning adaptation of the book. visually, it is mind-blowingly good. However, the humor, while successful in the source material falls flat here. It's also devoid of any enrapturement that most certaintly should've been retained. Good, but the top spot is reserved for the novel and TV series.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
64
63rd
The book is unfathomably better, and the movie isn't that bad. Much like describing sex to a 10 year old (in the early 90's) this movie might give you the jyst, but until you experiance it (reading the book) your impression is hollow and empty by comparision.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
2nd
This movie is the filmmaker's guide to taking a hillarious, profoundly clever book, and reducing it to a dull calamity of a movie adaptation. Malkovich aside, it also has the crappiest cast in the galaxy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
43rd
An entertaining with great writing and great performances. Mos Def, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Sam Rockwell, and Zooey Deschanel all soar.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
20th
Great casting and production design, but they missed the hilarious tone of the books and radio series. Which is a shame because this could've been a bonified classic.
Rated 26 Nov 2016
25
12th
Rated 05 Mar 2007
61
32nd
Bit of a let down with some choice gags removed and some flat acting in places. But good to finally see it finally out there.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
60th
Good movie. Impossible to compare to book or radio serial. Does a good job of capturing the essence of Douglas Adams. Mavin is great!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
20th
Not as good as the book - a rather big dissapointment... The strength of te book is in no way transfered to the screen. A unique book: intelligent and full humour becomes cheap and childish: only kids age 8-10 laughed when I went to see it... embarassing
Rated 14 Aug 2007
51
25th
After all these years, is this the best they could do?
Rated 28 Feb 2008
68
58th
Hilarious.
Rated 27 Sep 2009
75
84th
I loved the books and this is yet another cool interpretation of the Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy stories. I'm in awe still that this was so well translated to the big screen.
Rated 29 Sep 2014
45
11th
Perhaps not a work of fiction ever meant or suitable for the medium.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
16th
Ugh. Burn it and re-release the original.
Rated 07 Mar 2007
90
75th
Fantastic take on the legendary Douglas Adams book.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
87
23rd
A fun movie. Kinda slow at the start but its still fun.
Rated 26 Nov 2007
80
30th
Not as good as I had expected, but that's because well, I expected too much of the movie. It's often a bad sign when I do that. Still pretty decent, I didn't particularly like some of the things they did. Changing how Zaphod appears, things like that. But at least we see the basics of the story.
Rated 14 Sep 2008
75
25th
Meh... I had high expectations for this one after reading the "trilogy," but it left me wanting more...
Rated 20 Jul 2017
75
58th
Good movie, better than the book.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
61st
The best hollywood can allow, regarding great books being translated to film
Rated 12 May 2009
75
59th
Wow, I didn't know this got such bad feedback. I am a HUGE Douglas Adams fan and I thought this film, while nothing compared to the books, is actually pretty hilarious in its own way. Sam Rockwell isn't exactly the Zaphod of the original material, but he makes it his own, as do most of the other actors. There were some miscasts, and overall the structure of the story was bizarrely dismantled, but I still found myself ensconced.
Rated 05 Aug 2008
10
18th
The movie wasn't this bad, but it bears no resemblance to the book
Rated 16 Mar 2008
30
17th
just not my kind of movie i guess ... nice costumes though
Rated 16 Feb 2007
85
68th
Great just because it helps you relive the experience of reading the books.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
55
21st
don't waste your time. just listen to the radio play and read the book, *much* better.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
75
54th
A pleasure to watch, but such a far cry from the book that it's hard to say I really enjoyed it.
Rated 11 Oct 2007
90
66th
Douglas Adams was a genius. This movie mostly does him justice, and the casting is perfect.
Rated 14 Nov 2018
45
17th
This has gotta set some kind of record for the most budget blown on a comedy without pulling off one good visual joke. Also, Martin Freeman is the perfect straight man for this kind of nonsense (he knows how to queue!)
Rated 14 Oct 2008
91
70th
Classic
Rated 21 Dec 2012
60
62nd
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is ultimately a fun film, although I think that not knowing the source material beforehand hurts your understanding of the references and in-jokes that would probably deepen the experience. If nothing else, the film has given me some reason to read the books that it's based on, as they seem like they'd be a lot of fun. And if they're more about the atmosphere than the characters and story, that would probably work better as a book than film.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
72
31st
I enjoyed it, despite it being ... slightly insane. From what I hear, the book is much better.
Rated 01 Jul 2021
45
20th
I've never read the book and this film did not give me a reason to do so, although it was at least entertaining in parts. And I do like Mos Def as an actor (see also 'Be Kind Rewind'), indeed he lifts my rating from 40 to 45.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
16th
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Rated 01 Jul 2007
72
30th
One of the larger disappointments in movies for me, everything about the cast seemed to imply that it was going well. Martin Freeman as the lovable schmuck Arthur, Alan Rickman as the sarcastic robot Marvin, and SAM ROCKWELL as Zaphod Beeblebrox. The resulting film was a bit of a mess, with the best parts coming from the narrator of the guide, Stephen Fry.
Rated 17 Aug 2010
35
11th
This one missed the target for me.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
85
44th
A valiant effort.
Rated 05 Jul 2010
70
34th
should have been a lot better than it was. disappointing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
9th
Mostly Harmless.
Rated 21 Oct 2010
100
92nd
42.
Rated 14 Dec 2013
70
37th
Droll adaptation which is likely to leave new-comers slightly baffled, but generally entertained by the goings-on, even if it seems to lose its way towards the end with an overabundance of action and effects, leaving behind the rather sweet and good-natured characters and plotting of the first half. Fry's plummy narration certainly helps, and a gaggle of (sometimes unrecognisable) stars are a lot of fun (with Rickman's unmistakable dulcit tones utilised beautifully).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
27th
For true Adams fiends, only the BBC version will have to do, as this average adaptation falls well short of the charm and wit of the novels. Visually, it looks great, but it's too bad they couldn't have done more with the script.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
36th
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a mostly competent, highly abbreviated version of the Douglas Adams book of the same name, and should whet the appetite for those who've never done so to read or listened to the original work, for no other reason than to be able to make some sense of it all.
Rated 05 Jul 2008
80
63rd
Really good movie.
Rated 29 Aug 2010
70
32nd
lol
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
Loved the books, they were awesome. The movie was as dissapointing as the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
51st
A reasonably light and entertaining breeze through some of the funniest/most iconic moments from the book, but as a straight adaptation it leaves a lot to be desired. Why did Zaphod Beeblebrox not have two heads? Oh right, he had that horrible CGI face on his neck that is only seen like twice. *sigh*
Rated 29 Aug 2007
46
22nd
They goofed! Mis-cast - even down to the voice of Marvin, mis-directed, and unfunny. The HHGTG was the finest radio comedy I ever heard. It made for a mildly asuming book, a mediocre TV adaptation, and a totally underwhelming film. Only Stephen Fry as 'The voice of the book' retains a fraction of the sheer joy of the original. This could have been so much better.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
84
70th
Fun and silly, this movie doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
60
17th
*sigh* I REALLY wanted this to be good. It was just okay. I liked the way they did Marvin a lot.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
60
33rd
A frantic and occasional funny adaptation of Douglas Adams' novel. However, it may have those unfamiliar with the source material scratching their heads.
Rated 10 Dec 2023
70
56th
Never read the book so don't know how it compares, but I knew I was in for something completely wacky and that's what I got. Maybe these kind of super fantastical stories are not entirely for me, but the movie made it work. This one has a stellar cast but a lot of the attention is stolen by Rockwell's president, who keeps acting so flashy and unhinged that he steals the spotlight. Alan Rickman as the depressed robot is great, too, and Mos Def is actually pretty good in this one, too?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
97th
Never read the book but the movie is so awesome, I love the president of the universe, I think that's what he is called.
Rated 21 Jan 2008
75
21st
My 21 year old son who had read the book liked it, the rest of the family doesn't have that dry british humor taste.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
88
40th
Don't forget your towel.
Rated 11 May 2009
65
52nd
Sam Rockwell.
Rated 09 Sep 2013
70
38th
Not as bad as a lot of people say, but still doesn't capture the whateverness of the books/radio shows.
Rated 26 Jun 2011
70
48th
Rickman stole the show for me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
64th
i loved the book, and i loved the movie.
Rated 23 Sep 2009
73
14th
The filmatisation of the funniest book of the world is not a funniest film of all time.
Rated 04 Jan 2009
40
6th
Sucks, compared to the book.
Rated 15 Apr 2009
0
1st
why didn't they read the book? this movie filled me with rage. If I could give it a negative ranking, I would. Hollywood completely ruined this story. Plus. the acting was terrible. Boooo!
Rated 03 Jun 2013
60
47th
I bet it could have been a lot better, but it at least has a great cast that makes me laugh.
Rated 17 May 2008
85
72nd
Loved it. Sam Rockwell was great!
Rated 17 Apr 2010
69
50th
As Douglas Adams died while this was being produced it's hard to tell where his input ends and everyone else's begins. It's crazy enough and there are aspects of Adams' pure imagination that come through. The trudging aliens in bondage suits are a bit weak though. If it had an extra kick and flair it could have been vastly improved, as it is, nothing much seems to happen with great impact.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
35th
Book humor that can't be translated to the big screen. I didn't laugh at all (I did when I was reading). President of the Galaxy kicks!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
11th
Not much to recommend it.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
61
37th
Just not as funny as it should have been. They really ruined Marvin.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
67
57th
An impossible task, it isn't as bad as some are saying (of course the book is better). Malkovich and Rickman stand out along with the effects.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
59th
Never read the book but liked the movie. Some really fun moments although it tends to bog down at the end. Some the the jokes are one note and overused(manic-depressive robot).

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