The Princess Bride Reviews

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Variety Staff
Top Critic
August 13, 2007

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.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

The leads are vacuous; the absurdities sometimes forced and obvious.

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.

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.

Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 28, 2013

It's as good as you remember.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

It is filled with good-hearted fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
June 5, 2003

Since its release more than 15 years ago, The Princess Bride has often been copied, but never equaled.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 2, 2002

This witty modern fairy tale by William Goldman is resoundingly satisfying.

| Original Score: 5/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
March 8, 2013

An unexpected delight for all the family.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2004

The lesson it most effectively demonstrates is that cinema has the power to turn you into a kid again. As we wish.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001

Storybook perfection.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
May 6, 2005

| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
May 15, 2006

One of the Top films of the 1980s - if not, of all time. A treasure of a film that you'll want to watch again and again

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 4, 2002

'As you wish' may be gaining on 'we'll always have Paris' as the single most romantic line ever.

| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000

All I can say is this is the most fun you will have in a film for quite a while.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
August 13, 2007

Rob Reiner's friendly 1987 fairy-tale adventure delicately mines the irony inherent in its make-believe without ever undermining the effectiveness of the fantasy.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 18, 2007

One of the hottest cult videos of the 1980s, and a family classic besides, enjoyed by new generations of youngsters as well as their parents.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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