The Golden Compass Reviews

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December 12, 2007
For a film that supposedly promotes Atheism, at least it's more entertaining than last year's Christian allegory The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
December 12, 2007
If you haven't read the books, it can be like wandering into a stuffy church service in a cathedral for the first time.
December 12, 2007
Exciting and entertaining, although the complicated array of characters makes it sometimes hard-going.
December 12, 2007
Unlike most fantasy aimed at younger audiences, there's a disturbing undercurrent at work here that imbues the film with a weightiness that's unusual in such works.
December 11, 2007
Those seeking a treatise on religion, or against religion, will have to look hard to find it in "The Golden Compass," a convoluted but eye-catching fantasy.
December 11, 2007
...the film possesses few attributes designed to draw in (and hold the interest of) neophytes.
December 11, 2007
I heard the dialogue, I saw the images, but I never got into the story. I was always aware that I was sitting in a theater watching a movie.
December 11, 2007
Wanting to appeal to a broad audience %u2014 especially young teens %u2014 is more than fine. It's admirable. But soulful, philosophical 13-year-olds do exist. They do! And they can even handle a religious discussion with lots of words involved.
December 11, 2007
Despite all the controversy and hullabaloo, this is too incoherent and full of plot holes to lure impressionable children down some primrose path to atheism
December 11, 2007
Although this might be a tad convoluted and distant for the younger set, The Golden Compass is still a truly fantastical journey filled with wondrous imagery.
December 10, 2007
Covering too much ground in too little time leaves the film feeling shallow and inchoate.
December 10, 2007
What I enjoyed, besides the visual feast, is its story line clarity, commanding characters both human and not, originality of atmosphere and tensions worthy of good drama.
December 10, 2007
An undeniably great-looking movie that loses its way.
December 10, 2007
Performances lend heft and humanity to the overriding whimsy.
December 10, 2007
An entertaining film with plenty of action and interesting characters.
December 10, 2007
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 9, 2007
Golden Compass lacks any real fantastic flair. It is a decent enough feature, but is short of that spell-binding quality that will allow audiences to embrace it.
December 8, 2007
Makes bland with the subversive mythological and religious subject matter... .
December 8, 2007
It packs enough fun and fantasy to keep the kid in you entertained and engaged. And we can always hope that the sequel will try to tackle some of the fascinating and more complex ideas from the book.
December 8, 2007
The Golden Compass is an enjoyable, albeit confusing diversion.
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