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  • Summary: The enchanting tale of a fallen star who crashes into a magical kingdom and turns out to be no ordinary meteorite at all, but a beautiful, imperiled woman chased after by an incredible array of seekers who want or need her secret powers. From wicked witches to power-mad princes, from flying pirates to dueling goblins, each person who encounters the star has his or her own agenda, but they all desire just one thing: her heart. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 90
    Imaginative and intricate, but it's also joyfully casual, maybe to the point of being a little messy in places. But even its flaws work in its favor.
  2. Danes doesn't quite fit into the mindscape – she's too bland for a human star – but Cox comes of age quite convincingly, De Niro is a hoot, as is Ricky Gervais as a slimy tradesman. Pfeiffer has a field day.
  3. 75
    There's less whimsy to be found here than in "The Princess Bride," but the film is likely to appeal to the same group of older children and adults that appreciated Rob Reiner's classic.
  4. Michelle Pfeiffer is Lamia, as deliciously evil a witch as the movies have ever invented.
  5. 67
    Stardust in a nutshell: hardly great shakes, but better and more satisfying than it first seems.
  6. 63
    Thank goodness for Pfeiffer's Lamia, a harridan who's lived long enough to get the face she deserves and will do anything to hide it. She's a wicked delight.
  7. 38
    Stardust certainly could have gone somewhere fun. But the magic and zip you need to get a blimp like this off the ground is scarce.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 90
  2. Negative: 5 out of 90
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    Favorite movie by far. There is a twist around every corner that makes you laugh or move to the edge of you seat. The kind of movie you could watch over, and over, and over. Expand
  2. MichaelH.
    Sep 18, 2007
    10
    Robert De Niro is wonderful. We are still periodicly raising fists, growling "ARRR" and giggling. A delicious romp.
  3. ALF
    Aug 28, 2011
    10
    Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Anyone who thinks differently clearly had their eyes shut or brain switched off. This is a family film with so much going for it. Magic, murder(s), comic mayhem, romance, fantasy, cross dressing pirates and some very good swordplay not to mention some very well done effects. Robert De Niro and Michele Pfeiffer were excellent as indeed was the whole cast, even that idiot Ricky Gervais (sorry can't stand the bloke) who thankfully had only a small part and suitable end. The sword fight at the end of the film is probably the finest sword fight I think I have ever seen in a film as well some of the best comedy fights which prospective viewers can find out for themselves. I only wish the score thing could move further to the right, because this film deserved it. To those who gave bad reviews, what can I say "losers" I think comes close. Expand
  4. Conundrum
    Aug 17, 2007
    9
    This movie is wonderful, a thoroughly entertaining work of escapism. It has something for everyone -- adventure, romance, humor, magic, fantasy, and, oh yeah, a unicorn. It may sound like a cliche fairy tale, but it's so well done that it works completely. I didn't find a moment of it slow or boring, as some users have said, I was enchanted from beginning to end. Nitpickers. Okay, I admit that I'm hopelessly in love with Claire Danes, but still, she's radiant in this film -- literally. Expand
  5. StevenJ.
    Mar 29, 2008
    9
    Delightful from beginning to end. Over two hours oftotal escape into another world. Well done.
  6. PeterJ.
    Jan 1, 2008
    8
    Good solid family entertainment.
  7. EricaG
    Dec 22, 2007
    1
    After reading all of the great reviews, I was expecting this to be really good. It wasn't. It's way too long. The story is convoluted and forced. And I'm so tired of UK filmmakers subjecting American audiences to their narcissistic infatuation with royalty, blond-haired, blue-eyed princesses/queens and the sounds of their annoying accents. Speaking of annoying accents, I wish American actors would stop perpetuating this narcissism by proving to us all that they can do an English accent. Actually, the real reason I couldn't get into this movie is because I was constantly distracted by the sight of Claire Danes' huge schnoz peering out from between those curtains of bleach-blond locks. Expand

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