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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 flyingThe 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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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
    The film's merry, enthusiastic tone--set largely by Robert De Niro, playing a giddy transvestite sky-pirate to the hilt--is hard to beat.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Sprinkled with tongue-in-cheek humor, fairly adult jokes and some well-known faces acting very silly, this adventure story should have particular appeal to fans of "The Princess Bride," but in any event will never be mistaken for a strictly-for-kids movie.
  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: 85 out of 92
  2. Negative: 5 out of 92
  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 couldFavorite 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. GordonT.
    Nov 11, 2007
    10
    A classic that will last generations. It brings Gaiman's novel into the cinematic light well. If you like living in fairytale worlds A classic that will last generations. It brings Gaiman's novel into the cinematic light well. If you like living in fairytale worlds you'll feel right at home and laughing your socks off. Expand
  3. 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 thisBest 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
  4. RachelW.
    Aug 18, 2007
    9
    Excellent summer escape. Pfeiffer is wonderful, De Niro a hoot. Loved it all.
  5. ScottD.
    Apr 27, 2008
    9
    This film gives us something Hollywood rarely does in a completely enchanting and original fairy tale. All aspects of the plot are well This film gives us something Hollywood rarely does in a completely enchanting and original fairy tale. All aspects of the plot are well thought out, with numerous surprises along the way. Genuinely entertaining from start to finish, it succeeds in all the areas where The Brothers Grimm failed. Expand
  6. EricE.
    Jan 15, 2008
    8
    Very good fantasy movie. Fairly typical story line but it kept me entertained. With the star power it had was surprised it didn't do as Very good fantasy movie. Fairly typical story line but it kept me entertained. With the star power it had was surprised it didn't do as well as I thought it would have. Expand
  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 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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