The Golden Compass (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Golden Compass (2007)



Critic Consensus: Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.

Movie Info

A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears as Lyra's ruthless adventurer uncle, Lord Asriel, and Nicole Kidman assumes the glamorous guise of the villainous Mrs. Coulter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of fantasy violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Weitz, Toby Emmerich, Paul Weitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2008
Box Office: $70.1M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Nicole Kidman
as Mrs. Coulter
Daniel Craig
as Lord Asriel
Dakota Blue Richards
as Lyra Belacqua
Sam Elliott
as Lee Scoursby
Eva Green
as Serafina Pekkala
Christopher Lee
as First High Councilor
Tom Courtenay
as Farder Coram
Derek Jacobi
as Magisterial Emissary
Adam Godley
as Pantalaimon
Simon McBurney
as Fra Pavel
Jim Carter
as John Faa
Clare Higgins
as Ma Costa
Nonso Anozie
as Iorek Byrinson
Magda Szubanski
as Mrs. Lonsdale
Edward de Souza
as Second High Councilo...
Steven Loton
as Tony Costa
Charlie Rowe
as Billy Costa
Michael Antoniou
as Kerim Costa
Hattie Morahan
as Sister Clara
John Bett
as Thorold
Freddie Highmore
as Pantalaimon
Ian McShane
as Ragnar Sturlusson
Ian McKellen
as Iorek Byrnison
Jonathan Laury
as Younger Fellow
Paul Antony-Barber
as Bolvangar Doctor
Jay Rawlings
as Passing Scholar
Tommy Luther
as Daemon Puppeteer
Paul Antony-Barber
as Bolvangar Doctor
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News & Interviews for The Golden Compass

Critic Reviews for The Golden Compass

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (43)

Lyra surpasses the timid drone of Pan's Labyrinth or the Pevensies' do-gooder sap, she's brave, smart, and the best liar in the universe.

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Director Chris Weitz... manages to bring out the best in his ensemble cast and never fails to lose the attention of the viewer throughout 114 minutes.

Full Review… | February 29, 2016
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

Begets the less than ringing endorsement, 'Yeah, whatever. It was OK I suppose.'

Full Review… | September 5, 2015

The Golden Compass isn't bad, it's cast is too good and it's too well made, but something fundamental to good storytelling - heart - has been lost, leaving a final product as icy and impossible to care for as Mrs. Coulter herself.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Excruciating pap

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

An engaging fantasy adventure that, albeit no masterpiece, is hardly the disaster one might have imagined.

Full Review… | July 14, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Golden Compass


Stylish, slick, and unfortunately troubled by another studio forcing a writer and director to try and cut a movie down so its more income friendly. In the end you get some quality acting and some sweet visuals. Heres to the sequel getting a shot.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Its basic, nothing is explored to make this film something that the youth in modern day will enjoy and... They haven't.

Scott Green

Super Reviewer


It's deeper, darker, and much more engaging than the likes of fantasies like the Narnia franchise. The Golden Compass is beautifully made with effects that will leave you in awe, backed with impressive acting and a magical and ambitious fantasy storyline that blew my mind. It was never going to be a perfect adaption (it isn't). It's only jaw dropping and incredible if you've never read the books (apparantly), I didn't. The Golden Compass is not a bad movie.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

The Golden Compass Quotes

Lyra Belacqua: We'll set things right. We will. You, and me, and Iorek, and Serafina Pekkala, and Mr. Scoresby. And my father. We'll set it right, Pan. Just let them try to stop us.
– Submitted by Adrian G (4 years ago)
Lord Asriel: I propose to discover a world much like our own in a parallel universe.
Fra Pavel: That is heresy!
Lord Asriel: That is the truth.
– Submitted by Adrian G (4 years ago)

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