The Neverending Story
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Wolfgang Petersen adapted Michael Ende's children's story for this charming fantasy film that spawned several sequels. Bastian (Barret Oliver) is dealing with his mother's recent death. His father (Gerald McRaney) is an imperious sort who continually lambastes Bastian for daydreaming and falling behind in school. On top of his father's badgering, he has to contend with a bunch of school bullies waiting for him in the schoolyard. One day he decides to play hooky and walks into a strange bookstore, where in the attic, he discovers a book called "The Neverending Story".… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"A marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The world of this movie looks like a very particular place, and the art direction involved a lot of imagination."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Something dark, entrancing and even a little special."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"It pokes along at times and lapses occasionally into dark moments of preachy philosophy, but this is still a charming, amusing and harmless film for kids."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"All in all, The Neverending Story is a silly fantasy movie that often shows its age, but as a kids' movie it still has enough exciting action and you-can-do-it attitude to earn itself a place in a family's DVD collection."
‑ Alistair Dickinson, PopMatters
"Despite the sophistication of the source material, the film isn't particularly successful."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The Neverending Story may have cost a mint to produce, but the result is bargain-basement."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Fantasies as hearty and original as this are rare at the movies."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Here is a little adventure that fed on our uncultivated need to think, and wonder. It gave many of us our first taste of cinematic possibility."
‑ David Keyes,
"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 become accustomed to."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A fairytale of the very best kind."
‑ Verina Glaessner, Time Out
"This utterly enchanting, family treat of a film should leave you and yours wide-eyed with wonder."
‑ Billy Mowbray, Film4
"The story is a touch simplistic, but Petersen's direction is assured and children will be dazzled by the imaginative effects and stunning sets."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"The NeverEnding Story remains a testament to the power of imagination and the type of inventive cinema that was possible in a pre-digital era."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Only a certified grump could dislike this engaging fantasy that wends its way into the imagination and is a delight on most levels."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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