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November 27, 2017
Very clever imaginative children's fantasy story.
November 11, 2017
Puppy+unicorn=The Never Ending Story!
November 9, 2017
When it comes to kids movies, this is an absolute masterpiece.
November 4, 2017
Whimsical and hopeful in regards of its objective as a whole story, Wolgang Peterson's adaptation of the classic book may or may not differ from it, but the fantastic make up and creature designs- perfectly filling the practical effects that were so iconic and used in the 80s- in combination with the great storytelling are just a fraction of what makes this film so special in regards of its content, for every character and moment feels epic and important, representing the accomplishment this movie turned into.
September 10, 2017
If nothing, it has a fantastic score and visual effects.
August 28, 2017
One of the best movies of all times
½ August 6, 2017
A timeless classic that should be required viewing for every child. How many lonely children has this movie inspired?
July 1, 2017
i loved this movie as a kid, it had fantasy, adventure and it took it's audience seriously. it is a little creepy with some of the creatures designs but that's okay since the characters are well developed and for what's considered a kid's movie it's very mature. if i were to pick a favorite character i would choose Falkor due to his gentle wise nature... and then the sequels came but that is another story (see what i did there)?
June 20, 2017
One of the best children's films ever made!
May 24, 2017
April 20, 2017
While slightly underwhelming from what I thought it would be, The NeverEnding Story still stands strong with some creative characters, charm, imagination, and at times some effective drama. This is a smart, good old fashioned family film to check out.
Super Reviewer
½ April 12, 2017
This is a strong classic film that lives on thanks to an incredibly sharp storyline. The effects have aged but this film is timeless, you forget how much Hollywood spells out everything in the first 20 mins, this film is storytelling and it's refreshing in this day and age. The acting is spot on and that epic film song kicks things off in style. Never grew up with this film and It's a shame but you are never too old to discover a clever film like this.
March 21, 2017
The Gmork! That, is my number one most terrifying movie villain of all time! The quality of this film still holds up to this day, and it shows! No matter what people say, this is still one movie that gets better as I get older!
March 7, 2017
The beginning real world is terribly awkward, laughable. All the human characters are silly. As we move into the fantasy, it becomes interesting and quirky. A giant troll rolling into something like Alice in Wonderland characters, eating rocks whose crumbs tumble and disrupt smaller creatures below. The idea of nothing replacing lakes and rocks is intriguing - what does this nothing look like? Is it a black hole? They insist it is not a hole. But then a wind storm comes, unique cloudy textures moving forth - the "nothing."

The House of Empress is an interesting look, oblong amidst a sunset. Inside, some great design, double-faced mask, triple-headed woman, big heads like you'd see at a Mardi Gras parade.
February 25, 2017
I loved watching it as a kid, and now as an adult I still enjoy going back and reliving the magic behind The Neverending Story. The 1980's knew how to make great family movies for all ages. A fantastic family movie which all ages can enjoy either together or alone.
½ January 7, 2017
Bastian is a young boy, still recovering from the death of his mother. His school work and extramural activities are suffering and he is being bullied by a bunch of young louts. One day, while trying to escape the bullies he finds shelter in a book shop. He borrows a certain book, The Neverending Story, and reads it in the school attic. He soon finds himself immersed in a fantastical world...

A fairly conventional children's fantasy tale. Pretty much a join-the-dots adventure story set in an imaginary land, complete with wizards, dragons and similar things.

I was hoping for an enchanting, engaging story but this is pretty much plot-driven, and its just your usual made-for-kids rambling plot.

Special effects look dated now but were probably quite good for their time.

Has its moments but mostly quite dull. Kids should love it though.
Super Reviewer
½ January 6, 2017
Liked this when I was little. Still pretty good for a kids film. Not my taste these days, but have to admit the child actors are very good and the luck dragon is cute.
January 2, 2017
Based on the novel of the same name, this film has become a children's classic. Most of its style is uniquely European. In an era before CGI, some of the imagery and characters are truly outstanding for its time.

Despite its somewhat sappy story-line, it has darker overtones than one would expect for its target audience. However, as this is a European film, this is not surprising. Certain scenes, such as the horse in quicksand are particularly poignant. Scenes like these evoke empathy from an audience and set this film apart from other children's films from this era.
½ January 1, 2017
I watched this when I was a young girl, this film could be the most breathtaking cinematic masterpiece but nevertheless it still haunts me.
December 31, 2016
I still want to ride on Falkor and I'm still scared of Gmork.
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