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, Rovi

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of fantasy violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Toby Emmerich, Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2008
Box Office: $70.1M
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as Mrs. Coulter

as Lord Asriel

as Lyra Belacqua

as Lee Scoursby

as Serafina Pekkala

as First High Councilor

as Farder Coram

as Magisterial Emissary

as Pantalaimon

as Fra Pavel

as John Faa

as Ma Costa

as Iorek Byrinson

as Master

as Mrs. Lonsdale

as Second High Councilo...

as Tony Costa

as Billy Costa

as Kerim Costa

as Sister Clara

as Thorold

as Pantalaimon

as Ragnar Sturlusson

as Iorek Byrnison

as Younger Fellow

as Bolvangar Doctor

as Passing Scholar

as Daemon Puppeteer
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Compass

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (42)

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

I realize that when you make a book into a movie you cannot include every single detail, but it seems like Weitz purposely tried to take all of the magic out of the story.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Watertown Daily Times

This plot may sound somewhat ludicrous on paper, but Pullman has created a logical, well-thought-out world that Weitz has brilliantly translated to the big screen.

Full Review… | May 1, 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.

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