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Variety

Wolfgang Petersen's The NeverEnding Story is a marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy.
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Boston Globe

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The Neverending Story, Wolfgang Petersen's sophisticated fantasy film, is so wonderfully appropriate to children that it seems to have been...
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TV Guide

Director Wolfgang Petersen combines the elements into a charming film that is excellent for children and won't put any adults to sleep,...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Petersen seems to be holding back, telling us about the liberating power of the imagination but never really showing us. Of course, to show...
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Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
This fairy tale is a weirdly enchanting mixture of old-fashioned whimsy and up-to-the-minute special effects. It brings back the early...
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Empire

This was sweet and charming at the time but now it just lacks either the comedy or sophistication of kids' fantasy film that we've all...
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Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Despite the sophistication of the source material, this 1984 film isn't particularly successful: Petersen insists on forcing the...
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Time

By Richard Corliss
A lot of it's real pretty, the colors and creatures and all, but these days, you know, every movie is pretty pretty. I guess the only thing...
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The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
The Neverending Story is a graceless, humorless fantasy for children, combining live actors and animated creatures in mostly imaginary...
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The Neverending Story

By nickyjax
This was one of my favorite fantasy movies as a kid...

Great

By panther96
One of my classic favorites....

Cute

By Phronc
A classic fantasy movie... more for children but still good....

Awesome Movie....Must SEE!!!!!!

By wrc98607
One of my favorite childrens movie of all time.......

Cool!!!

By youhutyt34
I loved this movie. I even thought the second was great! Please rent it and see it!!!!!!...

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Neverending Story

By thomsonlogan
It's just if middle-earth directed by Dr. Suess. It's long,boring,and just dull....

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By sotoricky2
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Awesome movie

By xDREAMERx
As an artist, this was one of the movies that helped inspire me and keep my imagination flowing. Have always enjoyed watching the reruns over the years I must watch....

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By weldan1
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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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