The Princess Bride Reviews

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
December 7, 2014
A unqualified success that blends New York wit with timeless storytelling; a risky piece of filmaking that never feels so.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 5, 2014
...it's ultimately not difficult to see why The Princess Bride has become something of a classic in the years since its 1987 release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
November 13, 2013
...somehow spoofs the conventions of fantasy romance without teetering into irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 28, 2013
As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 28, 2013
In spirit The Princess Bride recalls The Neverending Story, which also was about a contemporary boy`s fantastic adventure. Reiner's film is likely to please adults more than kids and to last in memory more than most films this fall.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2013
Patinkin, the most dazzling movie swordsman since Errol Flynn, steals the movie with his athletic grace and delivery of lines like: "My name is Inigo Montoya! Prepare to die!"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
June 28, 2013
Mandy Patinkin, as Inigo Montoya, deserves special mention. Inigo is the one character in the film who contains real emotional depth, and Patinkin plumbs it.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
June 28, 2013
Patinkin's performance is especially touching. He can say, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die" -- and make you laugh, cry and cheer at the same time. The movie, two hours of pure enchantment, has the same effect.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 28, 2013
For parents who have felt as if they were approaching the Cliffs of Insanity while enduring the inanities of standard kiddie pictures, The Princess Bride may be a godsend.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 28, 2013
It's as good as you remember.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2013
Heroic fantasies, we often feel, should be lighter than air, hot as dragon fire, fast as a sword in sunlight. And that's mostly what we get from the delightful The Princess Bride -- along with some bracing humor and foolery.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 28, 2013
Action and laughs blend deliciously in this fairy-tale spoof about true lovers who must defeat all sorts of villains to reach true happiness.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2013
The film works well enough, providing its fair share of laughs and thrills, and in technical terms it is by far Reiner`s most professional job of direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
March 8, 2013
An unexpected delight for all the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 7, 2013
Shall we re-wind and give it another spin? As you wish...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
April 4, 2012
A witty, even clever-clever, exercise in deconstructing fairytales that became something of a cult with fans of its ironic/comic charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 25, 2010
An inordinately smart and sly motion picture, one that has enough simple pleasures to succeed as one of the better popcorn movies of its decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
May 13, 2009
There is so much to latch onto in this movie, so much for each member of a family that watches it together to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2007
A film of remarkable forwardness, honesty, and humor, built, like all fairy tales, around one message, summed up late in the script: "True love is the greatest thing in the world."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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