The Princess Bride Reviews

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The leads are vacuous; the absurdities sometimes forced and obvious.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is filled with good-hearted fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Bride achieves much more than most film comedies.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love.