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The Goonies

Adventure . Comedy . Family

A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of Pirate One-Eyed Willie.

Actors: Sean Astin , Josh Brolin , Jeff Cohen , Corey Feldman , Robert Davi , Kerri Green , Jonathan Ke Quan , Joe Pantoliano , Anne Ramsey , Martha Plimpton
Directors: Richard Donner
Country: USA
Release: 1985-06-07
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  • Staff (Not Credited)

    A rolicking good time is had by all in this adventure that is built on archetypal plot strands that tie together oh so well.

    Empire Full Review
  • Janet Maslin

    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. Their ghostly ship is the movie's piece de resistance.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The Goonies, like Gremlins, shows that Spielberg and his directors are absolute masters of how to excite and involve an audience. "E.T." was more like "Close Encounters"; it didn't simply want us to feel, but also to wonder, and to dream.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Though obviously aimed at a younger audience, The Goonies is packed with four-letter words. Sure kids speak like that, but writer Chris Columbus and director Richard Donner rely on obscenities as a substitution for clever punch lines, tossing in a few sex jokes and a touch of racist humor as well.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Territory is typical small town Steven Spielberg; this time set in a coastal community in Oregon. Story is told from the kids' point-of-view and takes a rather long time to be set in motion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    The usual Spielberg rhetoric about the sanctity of childhood and the beauty of dreams seems wholly factitious in this crass context, which even includes a commercial--in the form of a rock video--for the tie-in merchandise.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    But, fittingly, it's the kids who carry this outing. They're led by Sean Astin, who's rightly more of a dreamer than the others. Jeff B. Cohen engagingly handles the most cliched role, the fat kid who keeps stuffing his face. And I couldn't help wondering if Ke Huy Quan, who played Indy's sidekick in the Temple of Doom, knows that not all movies are made in caves. In any case, you can relax. The Goonies is entertaining despite its calculated flavor. [7 Jun 1985, p.61]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Arthur Knight

    The action at the center of Chris Columbus' script occasionally falters and generally feels manufactured, but the kids go about their chores as if convinced that all their make-believe is true.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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