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A faithful interpretation that captures the spirit of whimsy, action, and off-kilter humor of Neil Gaiman, Stardust juggles multiple genres and tones to create a fantastical experience.



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The sleepy English village of Wall is so named for the cobblestone wall that has, for eons, kept the villagers safely apart form the supernatural parallel universe that lies just on the other side. It is here that young Tristan Thorne makes a wild-eyed promise to the prettiest girl in the village, whose heart he hopes to win: that he will bring her back a fallen star. Now, in order to make good on his promise, Tristan will have to cross the forbidden wall, and enter a mysterious kingdom lit by unending magic and unfolding legends. In this fantastical realm known as Stormhold, Tristan discovers that the fallen star is not at all what he expected but a spirited young woman injured by her cosmic tumble. Now, she is in terrible danger--sought after by colossal powers including the King's scheming sons for whom only she can secure the throne; and a chillingly powerful witch desperate to use the star to achieve eternal youth and beauty. As Tristan sets out to protect the star and bring her back to his beloved on the other side of the wall, he encounters with a pirate captain and a shady trader, among other surprises. But if he can survive, Tristan will also uncover the secret key to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams.

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Robert De Niro
as Captain Shakespeare
Charlie Cox
as Tristan Thorne
Sienna Miller
as Victoria
Ricky Gervais
as Ferdy the Fence
Peter O'Toole
as The King
Kate Magowan
as Slave Girl - Una
Nathaniel Parker
as Dunstan Thorne
Bimbo Hart
as Young Scientist
Alastair MacIntosh
as Victorian Academic
Ben Barnes
as Young Dunstan
Melanie Hill
as Ditchwater Sal
Geoff Bell
as Receptionist
Henry Cavill
as Humphrey
Mark Burns
as New Bishop
Ian McKellen
as Narrator
Frank Ellis
as Mr. Monday
Mark Heap
as Tertius
Adam Buxton
as Quintus
George Innes
as Soothsayer
Jake Curran
as Bernard
Olivia Grant (V)
as Girl Bernard
Coco Sumner
as Yvaine's Sister
Dexter Fletcher
as Skinny Pirate
Terry Murphy
as Old Pirate
as Pirate
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Critic Reviews for Stardust

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (146) | Rotten (45)

  • 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.

    Dec 19, 2007 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne
    Top Critic
  • Despite its faults, Stardust should at least be accounted a partial success - and certainly more than a failure.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • Brutally disappointing.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A wackily surreal, primary-coloured fairytale from a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Vaughn pays scant attention to the niceties of a well-told story and buries his shekels in a sparkling cast.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stardust

  • Mar 11, 2018
    Is it weird that the one thing that really sticks out about Stardust is that one of the small subplots involves Daredevil and Superman getting into an argument? Well, I guess that's not entirely the case, but a young Charlie Cox and Henry Cavill essentially fighting each other probably would have been more than enough to please me. Stardust is far more than a simple love story or fairy tale, it's irreverent and oozing with genre fun. Oh and you also have an extraordinarily gifted cast across the board. Films aren't really made like this anymore. It's so hard to come by a big budgeted/genre film with a lighthearted tone and with this type of humor. You could see it on TV, or perhaps in the 1980's, but good fantasy films are so disappointingly rare these days. The closest could perhaps be something like the Kingsman movies (which Matthew Vaughn also directed), but even those could just be labeled as success due to comic-book background. But the pure fantasy adventure is surely something cinema's could use a little bit more of these days. If movies can get actors like Robert De Niro to do some of the ridiculous things he does in this movie, then I think we have a winning formula. But in all seriousness, Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Michele Pfeiffer, Henry Cavill, De Niro, and Sienna Miller make for a fantastic ensemble cast of witches, Kings, a star (?), and one special prince to make for a thrilling adventure. 7.6/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2012
    Wasn't expecting much from this film but ended up loving it, Great cast and story and very well done but the ending was a big let down though but kids will like it and it also appeals to the adult audience too.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2012
    When fantasy is done right it can be truly amazing. Unfortunately, "Stardust" falls victim to bad visuals and a silly story. I actually didn't finish watching this because I was so incredibly bored by the uninteresting plot, subplots, and characters. So yes, the credibility of this review is lost because I didn't watch the entire film; what I did see is mostly terrible.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2012
    Stardust is an enchanted fantasy adventure from director Matthew Vaughn. Based on the beloved novel, when a star falls to Earth in the magical kingdom of Stormhold, a race to recover it begins between the sons of the dying king, an evil witch, and a love-struck peasant. The film has an all-star cast that includes Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, and Robert De Niro; who all give good performances. The sets and special effects create an interesting and vivid world that enhances the story and the adventure. Additionally, Ilan Eshkeri provides a strong score that gives the film a lot of energy and mystique. Stardust is a magical tale full of thrills and excitement.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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