The Golden Compass Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter
July 14, 2008
An engaging fantasy adventure that, albeit no masterpiece, is hardly the disaster one might have imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 1, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 30, 2008
This kid film noir touching on magic dust substance abuse, cranky clerics, worrisome wizards, goth grownup child abusers and computer-generated homicidal polar bear throat slashers, is less likely to dazzle the senses than exhaust minds of all ages.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 24, 2008
...if I hadn't liked Pullman's books so much, I probably would have liked this movie version more than I did.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2008
Will it be enough to satisfy fans of Philip Pullman's widely read 'His Dark Materials' trilogy? Hard to say. But for the uninitiated this is an engaging adventure, even when Chris Weitz's screenplay lacks the compelling clarity of Pullman's prose.
| Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 2, 2008
A beautiful, thought-provoking fantasy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 17, 2008
Suggesting at once Mrs. Coulter's devotion to her Magisterial mission, her fears of soulful and sensual embodiment, and yes, her own split self, her slap-and-hug of her damon all but stops the film's action.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 2, 2008
The Golden Compass is an entertaining blend of feisty pre-teen girl heroine, CGI animals both adorable and fierce, and the usual suspects on the human side ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 15, 2007
...the cast is deadly serious, bringing each character to life and giving the audience a reason to cheer or boo them and their actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
December 12, 2007
For a film that supposedly promotes Atheism, at least it's more entertaining than last year's Christian allegory The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 12, 2007
Exciting and entertaining, although the complicated array of characters makes it sometimes hard-going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 12, 2007
Unlike most fantasy aimed at younger audiences, there's a disturbing undercurrent at work here that imbues the film with a weightiness that's unusual in such works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
December 11, 2007
Although this might be a tad convoluted and distant for the younger set, The Golden Compass is still a truly fantastical journey filled with wondrous imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 10, 2007
What I enjoyed, besides the visual feast, is its story line clarity, commanding characters both human and not, originality of atmosphere and tensions worthy of good drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
December 10, 2007
Performances lend heft and humanity to the overriding whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2007
An entertaining film with plenty of action and interesting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 10, 2007
Some of the material is wildly imaginative, some of it is just kinda silly. But it all looks good, and the kids are likable, [and] Kidman makes for an intriguing villain.
Scott A. Mantz
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March 3, 2012
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September 6, 2010
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The Atlantic
December 6, 2007
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