The Princess Bride Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
November 5, 2007
One of Reiner's most entertaining films, effective as a swashbuckling epic, romantic fable, and satire of these genres.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 18, 2007
One of the hottest cult videos of the 1980s, and a family classic besides, enjoyed by new generations of youngsters as well as their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
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.
Clint Morris
May 15, 2006
One of the Top films of the 1980s - if not, of all time. A treasure of a film that you'll want to watch again and again
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
An effective comedy, an interesting bedtime tale, and one of the greatest date rentals of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
January 7, 2005
One of those rare satiric gems, like The Court Jester and Galaxy Quest, that doesn't just send up a genre, but honors it at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 12, 2004
A seminal cult classic the exact appeal of which has always eluded me, though most of the world seems to adore it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2004
The lesson it most effectively demonstrates is that cinema has the power to turn you into a kid again. As we wish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
February 4, 2004
Cute at the time, better as soundbites now.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 11, 2004
Superb comedy/fantasy/adventure
| Original Score: 5/5
Fred Topel
August 13, 2003
One of the best movies ever. Beautiful fantasy full of adventure and romance.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
When it comes to pleasing both kids and adults, you can't do much better than The Princess Bride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 10, 2003
Rob Reiner brings new life to the fairy tale as rousing entertainment for young and old alike.
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James Berardinelli
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
[A] whimsical, comedic fairy tale.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 4, 2002
'As you wish' may be gaining on 'we'll always have Paris' as the single most romantic line ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 2, 2002
This witty modern fairy tale by William Goldman is resoundingly satisfying.
| Original Score: 5/5
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