88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
While it won't rival the Harry Potter movies as a cultural milestone, the luminous, irresistible Stardust is no less industrious at scavenging myths and legends and making something altogether new from the familiar pickings.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Unlike "Pirates," Stardust is anything but a wretched mess. It's a charming and smartly plotted fantasy.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Stardust is that its most winning element is neither its delightful story nor its special effects but its sly sense of humor.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's the closest the movies have come in a while to the nudgy, knowing fairy-tale enchantment of "The Princess Bride."
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Stardust lights up the screen with a splendid tale of heroism and romance.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Diverting and pleasurable to watch, Stardust, a tongue-in-cheek sword-and-sorcerers romp bolstered by a top-flight cast, is most adroit when it plays the fantasy straight rather than sending up the genre.
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70

Wall Street Journal

Immensely winning and visually arresting adaptation of Gaiman's 1998 fantasy.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Brings too much of EVERYTHING to the table: It's the cinema equivalent of a long, winding, run-on sentence.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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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66 out of 100
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