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The Neverending Story Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 31, 2016
Carries with it a healthy amount of menace, and intensity, but it's also a remarkable adventure.
November 16, 2014
This utterly enchanting, family treat of a film should leave you and yours wide-eyed with wonder.
Rob Vaux
July 21, 2014
Something dark, entrancing and even a little special.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 15, 2013
Fantasies as hearty and original as this are rare at the movies.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
November 15, 2013
The story is a touch simplistic, but Petersen's direction is assured and children will be dazzled by the imaginative effects and stunning sets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
November 15, 2013
It pokes along at times and lapses occasionally into dark moments of preachy philosophy, but this is still a charming, amusing and harmless film for kids.
David Keyes
July 16, 2013
Here is a little adventure that fed on our uncultivated need to think, and wonder. It gave many of us our first taste of cinematic possibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 2, 2013
The NeverEnding Story remains a testament to the power of imagination and the type of inventive cinema that was possible in a pre-digital era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alistair Dickinson
November 26, 2012
All in all, The Neverending Story is a silly fantasy movie that often shows its age, but as a kids' movie it still has enough exciting action and you-can-do-it attitude to earn itself a place in a family's DVD collection.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
November 26, 2012
This was sweet and charming at the time but now it just lacks either the comedy or sophistication of kids' fantasy film that we've all become accustomed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
November 26, 2012
Only a certified grump could dislike this engaging fantasy that wends its way into the imagination and is a delight on most levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
November 26, 2012
A marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2012
Despite the sophistication of the source material, the film isn't particularly successful.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
July 24, 2011
As a testament to the power of books, the often gloomy The Neverending Story comes off as a Reading Rainbow episode covering existentialism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 28, 2010
It's very hard not to give in to The Neverending Story's heart-in-the-right-place charms amidst an increasingly anti-literate society. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 3, 2010
...has enough charm, delight, and wonder going for it to entertain most youngsters, and that's all that matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Steve Crum
March 14, 2009
Magical storytelling targeted at children still fascinates.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Verina Glaessner
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A fairytale of the very best kind.
Kevin A. Ranson
November 9, 2005
Even better if you never see the sequels.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The world of this movie looks like a very particular place, and the art direction involved a lot of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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