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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
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  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: 82 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89
  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. Aug 10, 2013
    10
    Best fantasy movie I've ever seen. Real fairy-tale with perfect music, characters and fascinating plot. You'll never regret watching this movie. 66 critics score is a it's a 1010 movie. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    What a treat! I walked into the theater expecting to see one of the worst movies of all time, but I was delighted to find that the movie was filled with stars who portrayed their roles perfectly, a wonderfully original, comical and surprisingly cohesive story.

    The story is an interesting mixture of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Titanic, but it all comes together quite well to tell an adorable tale of adventure and love with a perfectly simple yet tear-jerking ending.

    The acting was marvelous. Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro were especially fun to watch, but every character shines at one point or another.

    I'm still a little confused because it was so perfectly random and unexpected, but it's one of the first movies I've seen in a long time where I haven't noticed or cared about the length. It's a legitimately fun move to watch and well worth seeing.
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  4. Dec 31, 2011
    9
    Stardust features fantastic performances from Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes. The whole story is full of imagination, heart, adventure, humor and thrills. Neil Gaiman's spirit is definitely showed in this fantastic movie. I give this movie 90%. Expand
  5. Aug 17, 2013
    9
    Is not the best of the bests but it's really good and it has a lot of fun and random stuff. Me and my family really enjoy it! I recommend to watch with your couple It's one of those movies where you feel satisfied at the end.

    Loved the song by the way "Rule the world" Performed by Take that.
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  6. Mar 27, 2013
    9
    Funny, creative, tremendously better than the novel of the same name. Actors like Michelle Pfeifer, Ricky Gervais, Claire Danes and Charlie Cox star in this brilliantly written film with wonderful special effects. Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2012
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The world that's created is nice to look at, but the stereotypical nature of the female roles, and the clownlike portrayal of a gay man (by robert deniro!) really took the magic out of the film for me. In a modern fable is it still necessary that the only women with power are evil witches, and that even a female 'star' seems to have no power on her own except to shine with love for a man? Also, that the line of inheritance in a magical kingdom can only pass to a male heir, skipping a female heir who has suffered imprisonment for many years and only gets rewarded by being reunited with a guy who got her pregnant and left her many years ago? And, seriously, Robert Deniro's performance was considered acceptable?? It's a shame for all the visual beauty and reasonable acting ( I have to say, not stellar) to be devalued by these outmoded concepts. I think we can do better than this. Expand

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