Critics score:
76 / 100

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Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times:Stardust suffers from uneven pacing and some cheesy-looking special effects. But the fine cast keeps things watchable.Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:Stardust piles on the conflict and the bombast.Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press:Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust definitely has more than enough imagination and whimsy to keep you engaged.Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture:It's puffed up in obvious ways but disarmingly puckish in others.Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: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.Read more

Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal:Immensely winning and visually arresting.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:Though the special effects are at times a little more elaborate than necessary, they don't overwhelm the story's human scale.Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: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.Read more

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic:It feels a bit tired, a bit formulaic, a bit like too much studio input and script doctoring.Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe:The movie isn't remotely as sardonic or irreverent as it so clearly wants to be.Read more

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times: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.Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: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.Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor:Stardust has a welcome heft.Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post:We can tell you this: Your own pure escapism is assured.Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News:Unfortunately, putting witches in a script does not guarantee magic. Stardust simply has no sparkle.Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:It's the closest the movies have come in a while to the nudgy, knowing fairy-tale enchantment of The Princess Bride.Read more

Mark Bourne, 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.Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: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.Read more

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: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.Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday:Stardust comes as close as any newfangled fairy tale in recent years to sating the appetite of dream-hungry moviegoers.Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek:Vaughn, who made the enjoyably tricky gangster movie Layer Cake, gets points for ambition, but this antic fantasy eludes his grasp.Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: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.Read more

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Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: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.Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post:An overstuffed, overlong epic with a tongue-in-cheek approach that repeatedly begs unfavorable comparisons with The Princess Bride.Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:The stuff dreams are made of.Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer:It brings too much of everything to the table: It's the cinema equivalent of a long, winding, run-on sentence.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: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.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: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.Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, luminous, magical movie will dazzle even the fantasy-film phobic.Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail:For audiences tired of summer sequels that grind through the familiar motions, Stardust provides a dizzying antidote.Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star:Stardust [feels] episodic and clunky, constantly straining for the impression of overall coherent design that Gaiman renders invisible.Read more

Hank Sartin, Time Out:Read more

Wally Hammond, Time Out: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.Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: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.Read more

John Anderson, Variety:Everything but the enchanted kitchen sink shows up in the sprawling fairy tale Stardust.Read more

Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice: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.Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: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.Read more