Critic Review - Variety

Based on William Goldman's novel, this is a post-modern fairy tale that challenges and affirms the conventions of a genre that may not be flexible enough to support such horseplay.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (32)
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It's just unamerican to not like this movie!

Aug 16 - 12:01 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

raggedmoon's comment is stupid enough. but the rest of the comments are unbearably stupid as well.

Jun 8 - 04:28 PM

And The Answer Is 42

VJ Perry

@The Stunner Name a bad aspect of the film.

Mar 22 - 05:26 PM

Noah Abraham G.

Noah Abraham Goucher

I'll name a few: you can barely understand Inigo or Fezzik half the time; the romance feels shallow; several plot points that could have been better developed (such as the romance) feel glossed over due to the 90 minute running time, and the framing device is so underutilized it feels like they tacked it on to justify any of the story's cliches. (Yes, I know it's based on a book, and the framing device was in there too, but I'm just judging the film on its own merits). It's a good film, but certainly not a great one.

Dec 17 - 11:32 AM

Ben McLaughlin

Ben McLaughlin

in human!!!

Jul 22 - 08:17 PM


m z

Worst review ever.

Oct 16 - 10:51 PM


Shayan Sh

I wish i knew you in person, maybe i could talk some sense into you.

May 31 - 11:17 AM


Steve Davis

Reviewers have bad days. Ebert gave A Few Good Men a thumb down when it first came out. He'd probably change that now.

Jul 24 - 09:03 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

couldn't you be a bit more patronising and insulting?

Jun 8 - 04:29 PM

Koopa B.

Koopa Bowser

Wow. I honestly can't believe that people like this movie. It's a crappy, old, stupid pile of crap!!! It's not funny, it's not cool and it's just BAD!!!! I mean it's a pile of overblown crap!!! Tell me otherwise I frikkin dare you!!!!

Jun 28 - 04:50 PM


Cory B

I dare. You're wrong, man. This movie is awesome.

Aug 13 - 02:07 PM

Samuel J.

Samuel J


Sep 2 - 06:22 PM

Adda F.

Adda Fiche

@ Koopa B.: Oh, go get a personality. Trashing a lighthearted family classic does not make you any more "badass".

Mar 7 - 05:56 PM

Super C.

Super Cartman

seriously, you hate the movie so much you look it up on rotten tomatoes

Mar 14 - 07:53 PM

And The Answer Is 42

VJ Perry

haha kid go back to neopets and watching transformers, you have no place to say this movie is bad.

Mar 22 - 05:24 PM

Justus Bearden

Justus Bearden

Go back to you Twilight

Dec 16 - 04:41 PM

Ben McLaughlin

Ben McLaughlin

Hello my name is Inigo Montoya you make a dumb ass comment prepare to die

Jul 22 - 08:19 PM

Ben McLaughlin

Ben McLaughlin

Hello my name is Inigo Montoya you make a dumb ass comment prepare to die

Jul 22 - 08:19 PM

Mikayla Flood

Mikayla Flood

Coming from someone with the name Koopa Bowser, I don't think you should talk. Go sit in a corner and play your Mario games, while the adults talk about a fantastic movie.

Sep 20 - 04:43 PM


jeffrey sithi-Amnuai

This man has no soul

Aug 27 - 05:02 PM


Ryan Cornelia

theres always gotta be that one "top critic" to give a rotten review...always...

Nov 10 - 10:31 PM

Lord Naseby

Lord Naseby

how moronic of you. my advice is to put your brain back in your head and watch this movie again with an open mind

Nov 18 - 10:41 AM

Adam S.

Adam Sanborne

Sadly, Variety -- a big player in the entertainment industry -- once again gets it wrong. I would say that Variety consistent. Consistent in giving TERRIBLE reviews for films that are usually quite good. I usually read Variety so I know what to see; if they like the film, I'll steer clear.

Jan 8 - 08:55 PM


Anne Tett

I absolutely love this movie. It's one of my favorites. ALL the actors are superb in their roles.

Jan 14 - 01:36 PM

Christine P.

Christine Penley

This movie is awesome!

Jan 23 - 01:34 AM

Tavin E.

Tavin Elliott

You sir, were not held enough as a child.

Oct 10 - 12:08 AM

John Arthur Beaman

john b

It may not be flexible enough? Which is to say, it could be flexible enough. The "variety staff" is really going out onto a limb, so, I can understand why nobody wanted to 'fess-up to writing this review.

May 22 - 08:52 AM

Armando Lopez

Armando Lopez

That's not even like a bad review. It isn't really a review at all. This should really be taken down, since its not a real review by a person. WTF is Variety Staff?

Jul 22 - 10:46 PM

Justus Bearden

Justus Bearden

Ill see you in hell

Dec 16 - 04:40 PM

Justus Bearden

Justus Bearden


Mar 11 - 07:43 PM

Joshua Sachs

Joshua Sachs

I'm tired of these so called "top critics," especially ones without valid points. Just because this movie or genre doesn't run with your style doesn't mean that it deserves a bad review. Try to get past your own (however limited and misconstrued) beliefs of what makes a good film and try telling me the book didn't encourage such horseplay.

Apr 12 - 09:11 AM

Shawn W.

Shawn Watkinson

Time will always tell an idiot. Hindsight is 20/20, wonder if this reviewer still feels the same way 25 years later. The Wizard of Oz wasn't well received either when it was released in 1939, bet those people ate their crow too.

Jul 23 - 11:55 AM

Chris Casper

Chris Casper

Inconceivable not to like this

Sep 1 - 01:31 PM

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