The Golden Compass Reviews

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June 5, 2019
There is a good idea buried here somewhere - it's just indistinguishable from the dust of stale ones.
October 12, 2018
Weitzman hits all the book's plot points without ginning up any of its corresponding emotion.
November 3, 2016
"The Golden Compass ultimately fails as a film in its broad strokes and inadequate scene development."
November 17, 2011
March 22, 2011
The Golden Compass isn't bad, it's cast is too good and it's too well made, but something fundamental to good storytelling - heart - has been lost, leaving a final product as icy and impossible to care for as Mrs. Coulter herself.
August 27, 2009
Excruciating pap
May 20, 2008
I realize that when you make a book into a movie you cannot include every single detail, but it seems like Weitz purposely tried to take all of the magic out of the story.
March 4, 2008
Sam Elliott shows up as a cowboy, who would normally be a pick-me-up, but with Golden Compass I just wanted to find my direction home.
February 28, 2008
The Golden Compass should be fun, but it rarely is. It should sweep you away, but it rarely does. For a film suffused with magic, it is, regrettably, far from magical.
February 25, 2008
No, I didn't read the novel before seeing the film, and nothing in this shimmering disaster made me want to read it, either. Made me hate polar bears, and I used to love the darned things, so that's saying something.
February 16, 2008
Read this review, skip this movie, and instead read the excellent books. Poor Dakota Blue Fanning is the perfect Lyra in a terrible adaptation.
January 19, 2008
This Compass points to the end of a would-be franchise.
January 14, 2008
Deus ex machina ... is the only driving force.
January 14, 2008
koyrastika amihani kai sygkehymeni kritiki sto thriskeytiko systima, den parehei oyte kata dianoia arketo allothi gia toys ano ton 16 na asholithoyn idiaitera me aytin tin yperparagogi, poy ehei aytapates megaleioy tin ora poy pashei sto rythmo kai ti syn
January 2, 2008
The Golden Compass bears the brush strokes of a film produced by a committee of people intent on trying to make some money rather than a good movie.
December 31, 2007
All the pieces combined feel like nothing more than a barrage of exquisitely crafted names
December 21, 2007
My devotion to Jesus and love for my fellow man have been replaced with profound emptiness and contempt, and I have The Golden Compass to thank for it.
December 21, 2007
Said Ridley Scott: 'We were contemplating talking animals in Blade Runner, but we wanted to hold off Sean Young's descent into madness at least until the end of principal shooting.'
December 20, 2007
[Kidman's Mrs. Coulter is] a movie villain worth remembering -- in fact, if she were any more evil, she would have to change her name from Marisa to Ann.
December 18, 2007
Like every other story that pits the Haves against the Have-Nots.
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