It's the closest the movies have come in a while to the nudgy, knowing fairy-tale enchantment of The Princess Bride.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The movie assumes that its churning energy, lightened with whimsy, will carry the day. And, to an extent, it does.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
A wackily surreal, primary-coloured fairytale from a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Stardust lights up the screen with a splendid tale of heroism and romance. You don't have to be a fan of fantasies to enjoy its considerable whimsy.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A supernatural fantasy action adventure whose combination of whimsy and gothic melodrama seems to have been cobbled together from focus groups held at Comic-Con and Renaissance fairs.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The movie isn't remotely as sardonic or irreverent as it so clearly wants to be.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
This is less an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 1999 novel than of its dust-jacket synopsis, which will come as disconcerting news to fans of the author's delicate jigsaw-puzzle fantasies.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
A kitchen-sink fantasy, in both mood and content. It is exciting, funny, adventurous, magical and very romantic. The special effects are great, but the characters are even better.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Immensely winning and visually arresting.
Joanne Kaufman - Wall Street Journal
No, Stardust isn't a children's movie. It's a movie for anyone, of any age, who believes in magic -- or wishes they did.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
As with most fairy tales, it can sound silly and overcomplicated because, really, it is silly and overcomplicated. That's part of the fun, part of its out-of-this-world power.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
We can tell you this: Your own pure escapism is assured.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It's puffed up in obvious ways but disarmingly puckish in others.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
There are lots of good things in the movie, but they play more like vaudeville acts than part of a coherent plot. It's a film you enjoy in pieces, but the jigsaw never gets solved.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Stardust piles on the conflict and the bombast.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
I'm a sucker for fantasies, but this one is so undistinguished and arbitrary that it left few traces in my consciousness, apart from the impression that the filmmakers resort to cruelty whenever they run out of ideas, which is often.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
It brings too much of everything to the table: It's the cinema equivalent of a long, winding, run-on sentence.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The story respects the captivating power of fairy tales, while humorously twisting them a bit.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Unfortunately, putting witches in a script does not guarantee magic. Stardust simply has no sparkle.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It feels a bit tired, a bit formulaic, a bit like too much studio input and script doctoring.
Richard Nilsen - Arizona Republic
Everything but the enchanted kitchen sink shows up in the sprawling fairy tale Stardust.
John Anderson - Variety
An overstuffed, overlong epic with a tongue-in-cheek approach that repeatedly begs unfavorable comparisons with The Princess Bride.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The stuff dreams are made of.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Stardust [feels] episodic and clunky, constantly straining for the impression of overall coherent design that Gaiman renders invisible.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Like the star that falls to Earth near the beginning of the movie, Stardust is glittery and pretty and possesses its own pleasing-enough personality, but it won't set the world on fire.
Mark Bourne - Film.com
For audiences tired of summer sequels that grind through the familiar motions, Stardust provides a dizzying antidote.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This luminous, magical movie will dazzle even the fantasy-film phobic.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Stardust is a little of a throwback to how fantasy movies used to be before the emergence of the multi-part epic serials. It's a lighter, simpler sort of tale.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A magical adult fairy tale.
Sura Wood - Hollywood Reporter
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust definitely has more than enough imagination and whimsy to keep you engaged.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
With its heart worn proudly on its sleeve, it's one of the best date movies of the year, a compatibility litmus test for starry-eyed romantics.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Low-budget sci-fi disaster with some swearing.
Brian Costello - Common Sense Media
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
This star is not as much of a beauty as it could have been.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
The oddball elements may surprise viewers expecting something a bit more ordinary in approach, but the surprise should be a pleasant one.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
There was just enough connection between Claire Danes and Charlie Cox that happily ever after is exactly what I wanted.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Stardust is nothing short of pure magic.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
On the surface, Stardust looks like a cheesy little fluff fantasy. In many ways it is. Yet at the same time, it's also the most fun I've had with a film since watching the first Pirates of the Caribbean.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Primo contemporaneo de A Princesa Prometida, o filme tambem traz referencias obvias a Macbeth e Rei Lear em sua agitada trama, revelando um senso de humor eficaz e com toques sombrios que o transformam em uma mais do que bem-vinda surpresa.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Stardust is, ultimately, a pretty entertaining movie. It's just not the great film that it so easily could have been.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
...charming and enchanting and adventurous and romantic and funny and hugely entertaining.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Director Matthew Vaughn, best known for his grotesque gangster slasherfest Layer Cake, has absolutely no problem balancing equal servings of breathtaking imagination and perverse glee.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Wants to be the next-generation Princess Bride, and, boy, does it come close.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Dazzling fantasy rom-com has some dark moments.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Should be congratulated as a film that aspires to the non-mainstream genre of fantasy fairy tale with a hint of Brothers Grimm edginess.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Patchy but great fun, peppering plenty of black humour into a sweet if silly fairy-tale romance.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
You could call it a cousin of 'Time Bandits' or 'The Princess Bride', but it lacks the former's originality and the latter's heart.
Wally Hammond - Time Out
Karl French - Financial Times
Despite its faults, Stardust should at least be accounted a partial success - and certainly more than a failure.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Great special effects, terrific scenery and a few good performances are dragged down by a sluggish storyline.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
There's fantastical fun to be had here, but be sure to check cynicism at the door.
Ruth Ford - Sky Movies
Great family fun.
Stuart McGurk - thelondonpaper
A film with true cross-generational appeal, Stardust is as satisfying as any of the summer's tent-pole blockbusters, and certainly more magical.
Tristan Burke - Film4
An uneven but entertaining romp that occasionally over-exerts itself. At times this Princess Bride wannabe feels more like The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen 2, but it's worth catching for Pfeiffer.
Mark Samuels - Total Film
Vaughn pays scant attention to the niceties of a well-told story and buries his shekels in a sparkling cast.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
There's a shameless romantic streak here, quite welcome in a boy-targeted genre that usually insists battles are cool and love is for wimps.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Hugely enjoyable fantasy adventure with a witty script, strong comic performances, several wonderful gags and genuine chemistry between its two leads.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Massively pretty to look at, Stardust bursts with (original novel) author Gaiman's trademark invention.
Ann Kelly - BBC
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
No more interesting or involving than The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Michelle Thomas - Future Movies UK
A fantasy fairy tale for adults who still believe in all things magical.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It is out-of-this-world fun and enjoyment.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
It is more often fun than not.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Robert De Niro is a hoot as the pirate captain with a penchant for wearing red ostrich feathers as he does the Can Can in his underwear, and Michelle Pfeiffer amazes as she ages before our eyes going from exquisite beauty to wrinkled wicked witch in secon
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The cast is dynamite and funny%u2014particularly the cute hero Charlie Cox, the vain witch Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro playing further against type then ever before.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Well, look what fell out of nowhere.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A comical fantasy that has some great moments, but doesn't quite hang together.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Like The Princess Bride meets Time Bandits with its quirky humour and unashamedly romantic plot.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Pure imaginative escapism...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Overall, Stardust is one of the better films I've seen this summer because it is by and large more wholesome and sincere than the relentless thrill rides and self-referential comedies with which it competes.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Stardust will likely come up short in becoming a cult fave, but its earnest love story and cheeky sense of humor make it ripe for repeat viewings.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Mr. Vaughn, I know The Princess Bride and your take on Stardust ain't no Princess Bride.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
Stardust promises storybook adventure for grownups, who require (and deserve) a little fairy dust blown their way from time to time.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Don't be fooled by the lackluster trailer, which paints this as being in the staid and wholesome Narnia mold--it's a lot more fun than that.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
If you can give into the fantastic premise, "Stardust" is grand adventure on a grand scale.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Stardust had little chance of standing up next to the classics even with a competent storyteller.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
I kept feeling that same tingling that I get toward the end of a Harry Potter book, that longing to know more about this world, to spend more time in it. A worthy comedic peer with The Princess Bride.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Stardust isn't tidy, and it isn't tight (there are at least three climaxes), but it has the courage to -- as countless other family films admonish -- be unapologetically itself.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
But Stardust conveys no palpable life or dream quality. You're depressingly aware of an overeager special effects lab.
Armond White - New York Press
Every time it appears that the movie has exhausted its bag of tricks, it pulls out something else that's sure to startle and please.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
... blazes its own trail with the always-hopeful message that love indeed conquers all (unless a horrible death claims you first.)
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
I will not hesitate in calling it the best film of the summer.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Everybody has a lot of fun here.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Has a strong enough cast to cast you way above its unnecessary complications. The actors are, in fact, having such a grand time of it here, you might find yourself enjoying the movie purely for their performances.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Stardust bops along smoothly and confidently, filled with color and wit.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Comedy turns out to be the saving grace of this film about a young prince on a magic quest to win the heart of a pretty girl.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The kind of genre-defying project that even an old hat like Peter Jackson would struggle with tone-wise and, despite his valiant effort, Vaughn can't quite seem to get the mix right.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
They might have saved something for a sequel but the sorcery of the enterprise is the three-ring fun of the showy inventions and Pfeiffer's merry milking of the villainy cow.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A first-class fantasy film, one of the best. Gaiman is a fresh and a different voice in fantasy writing so the film is full of surprises and some genuinely funny jokes.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Well cast and smartly directed by Matthew Vaughn, this colorful confection is better than it has any right to be.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
The violence is too much for young children, and the witches are too corny for older viewers.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
There are parts of this film that actually try to fly. The vast majority though is grounded in a level of labored levity that never provides the wings - or the wherewithal - to get airborne.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
...a charming, upbeat, humorous, romantic experience full of action and adventure. Even better, it is a movie with a wonderful moral.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Claire Danes may play a fallen star, but the real star in this pic is the visuals.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Stardust works better as a book than as a film. The film version is entertaining and fun but not quite magical.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
playful as well as clever, and while the action of the story might be of the otherworldly variety, it sticks close to the emotions at play here, balancing a poignant sweetness with the lurking menace of black magic and even blacker human weakness
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The comical, surprising De Niro turns Stardust into meteors of laughter.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Stardust is the best live-action fairytale fantasy in recent memory. There is a great deal of humor peppered all throughout the entire film that, unlike that other animated fairytale franchise, isn't captured through pop culture references.
Michael Ferraro - Film Threat
Dean Essner - Screen International
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Vaughn often directs this film as if he's stuffing a pop-art cornucopia: a little Monty Python or Time Bandits here, and a little Peter Jackson there. What unifies the film is his fondness and affinity for the material.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
It's been quite some time since a fantasy adventure this cheekily entertaining has made its way down the pipeline.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
...the easy comparison is to Rob Reiner's similarly pitched The Princess Bride (1987), it's really more like a live action version of one of Hayao Miyazaki's animated epics, but without the haunting resonance of the Japanese director's best work.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
They threw everything into this movie: a little swashbuckling adventure, a love story, acts of heroism and sacrifice, ghosts, witches, and never a dull moment. Enchanting.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Stardust includes a troupe of familiar faces in small, witty parts, plus some genuinely original touches, but, despite being virtually busting with magic, isn't as magical as it should be.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Whimsy and wit are the prevailing special effects of Stardust.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Fails for 1 full hour, then pivoting on De Niro's flamboyant appearance, ascends to clouds. Too many cut up furry creatures & risque adult situations for kids & animal lovers.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Stardust staggers with end-of-summer excess, seldom winning more than a weary gasp.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Most knowledgeable filmgoers can figure out who does what to whom and who winds up with whom. The enjoyable part is watching everyone get there.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
I wish I could be more enthusiastic... I like it just fine: it's sweet and amusing and nicely diverting.... But it's not the next Princess Bride...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Entertains and even transports at times. But the spell is broken too often.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
A fairy tale ought to enchant; this one just washes over you, painlessly but unmemorably.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
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.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The biggest drawback is that young stars Cox and Danes are insufferably colorless. Automatons could have given these performances.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Very good fun, and it taps right into same fanciful family movie market as The Princess Bride did 20 years ago.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Stardust will either usher in a new interest in fantasy films for grown-ups, or else become one of those cult movies whose devotees will eagerly seek out converts.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Even if it is not as smart and emotionally affecting as MirrorMask it will alert moviegoers to the talent of Gaiman -- a storyteller for the ages.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Pfeiffer rocks. The rest is merely rocky.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
A mild diversion, a likeable but not enthralling film that's damned by the faint praise of being just a bit better than some of the other movies you might choose to take in.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Stardust in a nutshell: hardly great shakes, but better and more satisfying than it first seems.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Enjoyable bit of puffery.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
A pleasant adult fairy tale about a young man who goes on a quest and returns home a different person transformed by what he has seen and experienced.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Harry Potter for older teens and adults, that's the best way to describe the fantastic fantasy ride that is Stardust.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
"Stardust" has the one quality that all the money in the world cannot buy and that all the visual effects technicians can never duplicate%u2013a genuine sense of fun.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Vaughn has done justice to his source material, at times even surpassing it (his ending is way more satisfying than Gaiman's). It is mostly a delight and that is just fine.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
While Stardust gets the overall fantasy tone right, it stumbles in the details.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Dave White - Movies.com
The strained, too-long Stardust is way off the mark.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A wonderfully inventive fairy tale that is original and defiant, as well as hilarious and adventurous.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Stardust may fall short of the fairy-tale grandeur and humor of [The Princess Bride], but it has plenty of charms of its own.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A stern editor with a sense of dramatic timing could have given this film more tension to go with its random bursts of comedy and big, happy fantasy setpieces, but lacking tautness, it'll have to settle for expansive joy.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Though the special effects are at times a little more elaborate than necessary, they don't overwhelm the story's human scale.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Stardust suffers from uneven pacing and some cheesy-looking special effects. But the fine cast keeps things watchable.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Stardust has a sense of whimsy that keeps all the pretty pictures feeling magical, not like some CGI concoction.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
While Vaughn's goals to be faithful to Caiman's literary source and also ground the fable in reality are honorable, the execution is uneven, resulting in a work that changes tone and style from reel to reel, making demands on viewers to take huge leaps.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman's well-structured screenplay unfolds like a Princess Bride for the 21st century -- balancing derring-do with sly satire.
Chad Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
Look deeply into Stardust and all you see is a slightly diluted Princess Bride, and a happily-ever-after you've seen a dozen times before.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It adopts a slyly subversive tone -- two parts Princess Bride, one part Baron Munchausen -- and yet never disrespects its subject matter for a minute.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Pfeiffer and De Niro have a blast with their roles.
Brent Simon - ReelzChannel.com
...a likeable charmer...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Stardust is an attempted magical fantasy with so much going for it - splashy cast, budget-gobbling digital designs - that you wonder why it isn't going anywhere more, well, magical.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Princess Bride never needed to jolt us to hold our attention; the closer we get to the end of Stardust, the more it devolves into a furious special effects flourishes.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
It's difficult to say more complimentary things than at least it was competently made.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It does not have a great deal of soul, just a sense of adventure and a happily-ever-after ending.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A compendium of multifarious genre inflections seemingly intended for friends of Tori.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
It is a film of awe and beauty, a flight of fancy bursting with the great marvels of the imagination.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
A bore for young and old alike, Stardust features a large and talented cast -- all wasted.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A magical tale of witches, princes, magical realms and the mythical sleepy English village of Wall.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Stardust comes as close as any newfangled fairy tale in recent years to sating the appetite of dream-hungry moviegoers.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Quite straightforward, and we're allowed to simply soak in the pleasantly surprising amount of fun stuff here.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
While Cox does well as the young hero, the rest of the casting is weak.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Stardust has a welcome heft.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Stardust contains a little something for all types of moviegoers, but above all else it has a fetching story, some fun effects, and just the kind of "happily ever after" ending that the genre always promises.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
I was blinded by a thunderstorm of mediocre special effects, a boisterous soundtrack that makes Transformers seem like a Miles Davis record, and slapped with frustration over the film's unbelievable inertia.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Stardust has lost a good amount of its magic in the transformation from page to screen. It's the cinematic equivalent of getting a punch in the mind's eye by a bunch of fairies wearing the coolest Doc Martens this side of Florin.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
An utterly beguiling, magical film from start to finish.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
If you're looking for a funny, thrilling, charming summer picture, one just fell magically into your lap.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
There has always been something diabolical about Pfeiffer's beauty ... and she both plays up and subverts that image here.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
This revisionist fairy tale is never quite able to find its tone.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Winds up seeming heavy-handed, like an elephant trying to dance ballet--a movie about magic that's just not magical enough.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
As Vaughan demonstrated with Layer Cake, he can shift so smoothly between goofy and gruesome that you don't feel a thing that he doesn't want you to.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
A delightful fantasy, part good-natured ribbing of conventions but still entirely charming and engaging as a straight-up fairy tale.
Mark Dujsik - UR Chicago Magazine
Stardust is the first summer movie of 2007 that actually celebrates storytelling, rather than concept selling.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
I wish that this film had the budget to pull off the special effects that it desperately needed.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Stardust is a magical mystery tour with just enough self-aware wit and great performances to make it a bright spot in summer films!
Neil Cohen - Echo Magazine
Like nothing you've seen before, and we don't mean that in a good way.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Stardust takes a standard structure -- young hero of unrecognized worth goes on a quest to save a damsel -- and plays charming variations on that theme.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
a delightful, thrilling and entertainingly offbeat yarn... Pfeiffer is positively spellbinding... Vaughn has given this seductive fairy tale the same dark comedy and out-of-left-field wackiness that made his first effort memorable.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Suffers mightily in the last third as Robert DeNiro shows up playing a pirate like he wants to out-Johnny-Depp the actual Johnny Depp
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A fantasy for people who wished their fantasies were more like Willow and The Princess Bride and less like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
For the most part a lighthearted, entertaining adventure that works best when it doesn't take itself too seriously.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Stardust isn't just a one-note movie with a lot of pizzazz and zero substance, but a more thoughtful motion picture that ponders many of the mysteries of life in a way that is accessible and emotionally satisfying.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Modern without being post-modern, ironic without air-quotes, romantic without apology, this is a fairy tale for our time because it takes us beyond time and reminds us that happily ever after is still a dream worth having.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Less-than-magical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's romantic fairytale has some fine moments but lacks vision.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Should remind most audiences of The Princess Bride, although this film is a lot more adult in its themes and villains.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It's an enchanting sword 'n' sorcery fairy tale - this summer's playful 'date movie,' culminating in a glowing "happily ever after."
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Matthew Vaughn and a wry sense of humor saves the movie's oh-so-80s story from being an out of time curiosity.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Matthew Vaughan's movie version of Neil Gaiman's 1999 Stardust actually attempts to broaden the characters -- when you wish he would just get on with the story.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
A mixed bag of triumphs and failures.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Vaughn, who made the enjoyably tricky gangster movie Layer Cake, gets points for ambition, but this antic fantasy eludes his grasp.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Simply divine fantasy. Pfeiffer casts a spell on it outshining the fallen star.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
A glorious yarn.
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
The antic spirit of The Princess Bride looms large over Stardust, creatively adapted from Neil Gaiman's much more sober 1998 graphic novel. That's probably a good call.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York