The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass (2007)

A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The Catholic League thinks it's anti-Catholic. Admirers of Philip Pullman's 1995 His Dark Materials trilogy think the film guts the backbone of the book. Me, I just think it blows.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

With its rushed, jargon-pumped exposition, surplus of quarter-baked characters, stray narrative strands and generously dropped hints of things possibly to come, The Golden Compass is a movie that wears its franchise ambitions on its sleeve.

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Joshua Starnes

The Golden Compass isn't bad, it's cast is too good and it's too well made, but something fundamental to good storytelling - heart - has been lost, leaving a final product as icy and impossible to care for as Mrs. Coulter herself.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Some of the material is wildly imaginative, some of it is just kinda silly. But it all looks good, and the kids are likable, [and] Kidman makes for an intriguing villain.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Weitz's movie remains ultimately remote. It ends mid-adventure, so blatantly setting the stage for a sequel that the whole thing suddenly feels like a preamble.

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Fernando F. Croce

Excruciating pap

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The Golden Compass is a blatant attempt to duplicate the success of the Harry Potter franchise. The only thing missing is richly imagined characters, a comprehensible story line, good acting, and satisfying special effects.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

An aura of disappointment takes hold midway into Golden Compass and becomes undeniable by the finish.

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Steve Biodrowski

An engaging fantasy adventure that, albeit no masterpiece, is hardly the disaster one might have imagined.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Stylish, slick, and unfortunately troubled by another studio forcing a writer and director to try and cut a movie down so its more income friendly. In the end… More
Phil Hubbs
To be honest I just didn't follow this, its like a cross between 'LOTR', 'Narnia' and 'Harry Potter' and frankly I'm… More
Scott Green
Its basic, nothing is explored to make this film something that the youth in modern day will enjoy and... They haven't.
Candy Rose
Great fantasy movie. A bit like the Chronicles of Narnia - full of talking animals and special effects. Nicole Kidman is her usual frosty self. Daniel Craig… More
Directors Cat
It's deeper, darker, and much more engaging than the likes of fantasies like the Narnia franchise. The Golden Compass is beautifully made with effects that… More
Jim Careter
Talking animals, warrior polar bears, magic compasses, clearly supporting atheism, and 2 hours of complete special effects...... what could go wrong, almost… More