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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

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.
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.
Read More | 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
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
October 1, 2004
An enjoyable departure from both Das Boot and Kajagoogoo.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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