The Princess Bride Reviews

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
June 28, 2013

As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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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
Variety Staff
Variety
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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.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

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

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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May 20, 2003

This material might easily have lent itself to broad parody or become too cute for its own good. But Mr. Reiner presents it as a bedtime story, pure and simple.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

It is filled with good-hearted fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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January 1, 2000

Bride achieves much more than most film comedies.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

It's a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love.