Stardust Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
December 19, 2007
Like the star that falls to Earth near the beginning of the movie, Stardust is glittery and pretty and possesses its own pleasing-enough personality, but it won't set the world on fire.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
October 19, 2007
You could call it a cousin of 'Time Bandits' or 'The Princess Bride', but it lacks the former's originality and the latter's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 14, 2007
Everybody has a lot of fun here.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 13, 2007
It's puffed up in obvious ways but disarmingly puckish in others.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 11, 2007
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 10, 2007
A stern editor with a sense of dramatic timing could have given this film more tension to go with its random bursts of comedy and big, happy fantasy setpieces, but lacking tautness, it'll have to settle for expansive joy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 10, 2007
This luminous, magical movie will dazzle even the fantasy-film phobic.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 10, 2007
Stardust lights up the screen with a splendid tale of heroism and romance. You don't have to be a fan of fantasies to enjoy its considerable whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 10, 2007
Stardust [feels] episodic and clunky, constantly straining for the impression of overall coherent design that Gaiman renders invisible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 10, 2007
Stardust suffers from uneven pacing and some cheesy-looking special effects. But the fine cast keeps things watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 10, 2007
Though the special effects are at times a little more elaborate than necessary, they don't overwhelm the story's human scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 10, 2007
Look deeply into Stardust and all you see is a slightly diluted Princess Bride, and a happily-ever-after you've seen a dozen times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 10, 2007
An overstuffed, overlong epic with a tongue-in-cheek approach that repeatedly begs unfavorable comparisons with The Princess Bride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 10, 2007
A kitchen-sink fantasy, in both mood and content. It is exciting, funny, adventurous, magical and very romantic. The special effects are great, but the characters are even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 10, 2007
The most surprising thing about Stardust is that its most winning element is neither its delightful story nor its special effects but its sly sense of humor.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 10, 2007
No, Stardust isn't a children's movie. It's a movie for anyone, of any age, who believes in magic -- or wishes they did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 10, 2007
Unfortunately, putting witches in a script does not guarantee magic. Stardust simply has no sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 10, 2007
Even if it is not as smart and emotionally affecting as MirrorMask it will alert moviegoers to the talent of Gaiman -- a storyteller for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 10, 2007
We can tell you this: Your own pure escapism is assured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 10, 2007
As with most fairy tales, it can sound silly and overcomplicated because, really, it is silly and overcomplicated. That's part of the fun, part of its out-of-this-world power.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 10, 2007
The movie isn't remotely as sardonic or irreverent as it so clearly wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2007
There are lots of good things in the movie, but they play more like vaudeville acts than part of a coherent plot. It's a film you enjoy in pieces, but the jigsaw never gets solved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2007
For audiences tired of summer sequels that grind through the familiar motions, Stardust provides a dizzying antidote.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 9, 2007
The movie assumes that its churning energy, lightened with whimsy, will carry the day. And, to an extent, it does.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 9, 2007
Immensely winning and visually arresting.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2007
With its heart worn proudly on its sleeve, it's one of the best date movies of the year, a compatibility litmus test for starry-eyed romantics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 9, 2007
It feels a bit tired, a bit formulaic, a bit like too much studio input and script doctoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 9, 2007
The story respects the captivating power of fairy tales, while humorously twisting them a bit.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2007
It brings too much of everything to the table: It's the cinema equivalent of a long, winding, run-on sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2007
I'm a sucker for fantasies, but this one is so undistinguished and arbitrary that it left few traces in my consciousness, apart from the impression that the filmmakers resort to cruelty whenever they run out of ideas, which is often.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 9, 2007
Stardust has a welcome heft.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 9, 2007
The stuff dreams are made of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2007
Stardust piles on the conflict and the bombast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 9, 2007
A supernatural fantasy action adventure whose combination of whimsy and gothic melodrama seems to have been cobbled together from focus groups held at Comic-Con and Renaissance fairs.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 9, 2007
It's the closest the movies have come in a while to the nudgy, knowing fairy-tale enchantment of The Princess Bride.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 9, 2007
Stardust comes as close as any newfangled fairy tale in recent years to sating the appetite of dream-hungry moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 7, 2007
Vaughn, who made the enjoyably tricky gangster movie Layer Cake, gets points for ambition, but this antic fantasy eludes his grasp.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 7, 2007
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust definitely has more than enough imagination and whimsy to keep you engaged.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 7, 2007
This is less an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 1999 novel than of its dust-jacket synopsis, which will come as disconcerting news to fans of the author's delicate jigsaw-puzzle fantasies.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 7, 2007
Stardust is a little of a throwback to how fantasy movies used to be before the emergence of the multi-part epic serials. It's a lighter, simpler sort of tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Variety
August 1, 2007
Everything but the enchanted kitchen sink shows up in the sprawling fairy tale Stardust.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
July 30, 2007
A magical adult fairy tale.