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6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 8 out of 44
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46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. 75
    The idea of the story within a story is one of the nice touches in The NeverEnding Story. Another one is the idea of a child's faith being able to change the course of fate. Maybe not since the kids in the audience were asked to save Tinker Bell in Peter Pan has the outcome of a story been left so clearly up to a child's willingness to believe.
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    90
    Wolfgang Petersen's The NeverEnding Story is a marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy.
  3. 30
    Despite the sophistication of the source material, this 1984 film isn't particularly successful: Petersen insists on forcing the superficial moral lessons, and the half hour removed from the film by its American distributors leaves it with a harsh, choppy rhythm.