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The Neverending Story Reviews

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
This fantasy tale drags incredibly despite its relatively short running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
A decent fantasy, but anyone who's read the book will be sorely disappointed at didn't make it into the adaptation.
| Original Score: 2/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
September 11, 2003
The 'NeverEnding' part of the title is certainly accurate.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The Neverending Story may have cost a mint to produce, but the result is bargain-basement.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2012
Despite the sophistication of the source material, the film isn't particularly successful.
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
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Verina Glaessner
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A fairytale of the very best kind.
Alistair Dickinson
PopMatters
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
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.
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
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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
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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
July 11, 2003
A shining moment in Science-Fiction Fantasy. Does it get any better?
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
July 21, 2014
Something dark, entrancing and even a little special.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
November 6, 2002
One of a scant few true Fantasy masterpieces.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 26, 2012
A marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy.
November 16, 2014
This utterly enchanting, family treat of a film should leave you and yours wide-eyed with wonder.
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