100

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The movie has its own genuine charm and one hilarious high: Billy Crystal & Carol Kane are simply wonderful. [24 Sept 1987, p.24(E)]
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Cary Elwes is marvelously funny as the hero. [25 Sept 1987]
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90

Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
An effective comedy, an interesting bedtime tale, and one of the greatest date rentals of all time.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is filled with good-hearted fun, with performances by actors who seem to be smacking their lips and by a certain true innocence that survives all of Reiner's satire.
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80

TV Guide

A hilarious mixture of Errol Flynn swashbuckler and Monty Python send-up...When it comes to pleasing both kids and adults, you can't do much better.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
The Princess Bride wants to be sweet and warm, but it doesn't want to take the chance of seeming uncool -- and that is an attitude far, far removed from innocence. [9 Oct 1987]
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Crystal is such a panic - and normally uptight Patinkin is so attractively relaxed as a Spanish swordsman - that Bride's charms just can't be ignored. [25 Sept 1987]
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
Reiner's penchant for hip little riffs -- Billy Crystal as a yiddish wizard, etc. -- dilutes primal power in favor of genial fun.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Kinda cute, occasionally amusing and very, very slow... I just wish [it] had more momentum, more oomph. [9 Oct 1987]
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Rob Reiner's not up to it: when the movie is meant to be romantic, the tone is frequently mushy and sexless, and when it's meant to be anachronistic and satiric, it's vaudeville-vulgar.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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