The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story (1984)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A magical journey about the power of a young boy's imagination to save a dying fantasy land, The NeverEnding Story remains a much-loved kids adventure.

Variety Staff

A marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The world of this movie looks like a very particular place, and the art direction involved a lot of imagination.

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Rob Vaux

Something dark, entrancing and even a little special.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Despite the sophistication of the source material, the film isn't particularly successful.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Neverending Story may have cost a mint to produce, but the result is bargain-basement.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Fantasies as hearty and original as this are rare at the movies.

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Verina Glaessner
Time Out

A fairytale of the very best kind.

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Billy Mowbray

This utterly enchanting, family treat of a film should leave you and yours wide-eyed with wonder.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

The story is a touch simplistic, but Petersen's direction is assured and children will be dazzled by the imaginative effects and stunning sets.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Nope, I didn't enjoy it. Perhaps in 1984 it was entertaining, but neither the acting nor the special effects were satisfactory. I gave it 2 out of 5 as… More
Chris Weber
Let me start off by saying that I've never read the source material, and that I never had seen this before. That's right, this was not some film I… More
Michael Edwards
this film is strange but clever and for the 80s the effects are fantastic to look at, the rockbiter at the beginning is amazing to watch and i still wonder how… More
Aj V
One of my absolute favourite fantasy movies in the world. This is an 80s classic, and if you like fantasy films, you should see this one.
Robert C
The title says it all. I saw it years ago and didn't think much of it. Gave it another try and it is still mostly a bore. It's like SId & Marty… More
JY Skacto
Wolfgang Peterson's adaptation of Michael Ende's novel, or part of it anyway, by the same name is pure fantasy enjoyment.<p><i>The… More