The Golden Compass Synopsis
An orphan overhears scholars discussing a plot against her uncle and uncovers a whole new world of possibilities.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A darker, deeper fantasy epic than the "Rings" trilogy, "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the "Potter" films. It springs from the same British...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Represents the year's biggest gamble - and it delivers the year's biggest and most ambitious fantasy.
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Chicago Tribune

It’s pure introductory adventure, meant to immerse readers in Pullman’s richly complicated fantasy universe.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If Weitz's Golden Compass feels, at times, too crammed with exposition and big set pieces, the film nonetheless works far more successfully...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A "soft" epic, a film touching on childhood fantasies with sturdy, unwavering characters driven to evil or good. More "Harry Potter," in...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
At times you feel Weitz flipping the pages and dog-earing wildly, and that's a shame: This is a movie that needs to be lengthy and...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Looks magical, seethes with elusive profundities and makes remarkably little sense, though the murkiness makes perfect sense on a shallower...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Golden Compass is a snowbound mystical-whizbang kiddie ride that hovers somewhere between the loopy and the lugubrious.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Disappoints with its lack of character development and convoluted storytelling.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Me, I just think it blows. What does it matter if you spend millions on a movie - love the talking, battling bears! - if the effects are...
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The Golden Compass

By lalanna
I thought the effects, the story line and the acting were superb!. However, I myself am a Christian and I believe that the whole deamon thing and your soal dying when you die is a bit sacreligous....

Not just anti-religion...this movie is just plain ole' bad

By Jaycee5
Ok...the CGI effects are amazing, but the flick is just bad...plain and simple. The characters never really develope, there are gaping holes in the story. Rather than produce a good movie it seemed...

Lost the magic, lost the ending

By gingermissippy
I have said it about the Harry Potter movies, and I will say it about this again: Why do those who make movies from spectacularly written fantasy books feel the need to differ from the successful...


By inspirations
Let me start off by saying that I am a Christian, devoted. Now, I read the His Dark Materials series when I was in the seventh grade and I loved it. My parents didn't stop me, and there was no reason...

So Disappointing!

By fridaycreekfarm
My family saw this movie on sneak preview night...boy do I wish we'd saved our money. The book is great, I loved every page of it. The movie does NOT do it justice. Both my son and I have read the...

Big disappointment

By leshrac55
I caught the sneak of this on Saturday night and was hugely disappointed. The special effects and art direction are great, and even most of the actors are pretty good, but that's about it. The...

... a note to well. everyone?

By ProudDaemian
The movie looks promising with the CGIed daemons, and if its up to par with the book. As a practicing Christian and someone who has read these, I don’t see what the problem is with this movie. You...


By sophiemac
People need to read a book before criticizing it. Pullman asks his readers to THINK about issues. Why are some people so scared of allowing their children to think for themselves? Pullman DOES NOT...

An excellent addition to any fantasy collection

By FawkesFlame870
For those who enjoyed Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter, this movie is the next big fantasy hit! It is a credit to the book it is based on and will set your mind on fire with curiosity and...

If you want to see it get there and see it. And if you don't then just don't go super christans.

By Shur'tugal
The books of the dark material series is not giving kids or anyone bad ideas of any religous belief. People and kids should be able to see what they want to see. People and kids who want to see this...

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Rated PG-13 | For sequences of fantasy violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Ambitious fantasy is too intense for young kids.
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