The Golden Compass (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.

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A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears as Lyra's ruthless adventurer uncle, Lord Asriel, and Nicole Kidman assumes the glamorous guise of the villainous Mrs. Coulter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of fantasy violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Nicole Kidman
as Mrs. Coulter
Daniel Craig
as Lord Asriel
Dakota Blue Richards
as Lyra Belacqua
Sam Elliott
as Lee Scoursby
Ben Walker
as Roger
Eva Green
as Serafina Pekkala
Christopher Lee
as First High Councilor
Tom Courtenay
as Farder Coram
Derek Jacobi
as Magisterial Emissary
Adam Godley
as Pantalaimon
Simon McBurney
as Fra Pavel
Jim Carter
as John Faa
Clare Higgins
as Ma Costa
Jack Shepherd
as Master
Nonso Anozie
as Iorek Byrinson
Magda Szubanski
as Mrs. Lonsdale
Edward de Souza
as Second High Councilor
Kathy Bates
as Hester
Steven Loton
as Tony Costa
Charlie Rowe
as Billy Costa
Michael Antoniou
as Kerim Costa
Hattie Morahan
as Sister Clara
John Bett
as Thorold
Freddie Highmore
as Pantalaimon
Ian McShane
as Ragnar Sturlusson
Ian McKellen
as Iorek Byrnison
Jonathan Laury
as Younger Fellow
Paul Antony-Barber
as Bolvangar Doctor
Jay Rawlings
as Passing Scholar
Tommy Luther
as Daemon Puppeteer
Paul Antony-Barber
as Bolvangar Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Compass

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (42)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Lyra surpasses the timid drone of Pan's Labyrinth or the Pevensies' do-gooder sap, she's brave, smart, and the best liar in the universe.

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

The Catholic League thinks it's anti-Catholic. Admirers of Philip Pullman's 1995 His Dark Materials trilogy think the film guts the backbone of the book. Me, I just think it blows.

December 13, 2007
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Some of the material is wildly imaginative, some of it is just kinda silly. But it all looks good, and the kids are likable, [and] Kidman makes for an intriguing villain.

December 10, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The Golden Compass is a blatant attempt to duplicate the success of the Harry Potter franchise. The only thing missing is richly imagined characters, a comprehensible story line, good acting, and satisfying special effects.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

With its rushed, jargon-pumped exposition, surplus of quarter-baked characters, stray narrative strands and generously dropped hints of things possibly to come, The Golden Compass is a movie that wears its franchise ambitions on its sleeve.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Golden Compass

Its basic, nothing is explored to make this film something that the youth in modern day will enjoy and... They haven't.

Scott Green
Scott Green

Super Reviewer

½

It's deeper, darker, and much more engaging than the likes of fantasies like the Narnia franchise. The Golden Compass is beautifully made with effects that will leave you in awe, backed with impressive acting and a magical and ambitious fantasy storyline that blew my mind. It was never going to be a perfect adaption (it isn't). It's only jaw dropping and incredible if you've never read the books (apparantly), I didn't. The Golden Compass is not a bad movie.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

To be honest I just didn't follow this, its like a cross between 'LOTR', 'Narnia' and 'Harry Potter' and frankly I'm getting so bored of it, there're just all the same. There's nothing new here as its all been done with 'Potter', magical animals, spirits, witches etc I just can't see how it can be rated. Sure the effects are nice and the animals look cool but that's it. The cast is pretty awful, or at least Kidman and Craig anyway, the rest is a top notch bunch of English actors but again that has been done with 'Potter' and 'LOTR', its seems to be the same classical English actors repeating themselves in a variety of silly fantasy films. I'm sure kids will like it, maybe, it is long and I think its boring so maybe not. Without knowledge of the book its all double dutch haha and I have never heard of it before the film. Best bit was the polar bear fight er...and that's it, I could almost see a legion of elfs and Hobbits coming over the hill hehe 'yawn'.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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