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: July 20, 1984
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% 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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Billy Mowbray

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

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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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Rob Vaux

Something dark, entrancing and even a little special.

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Verina Glaessner
Time Out

A fairytale of the very best kind.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Carries with it a healthy amount of menace, and intensity, but it's also a remarkable adventure.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Liked this when I was little. Still pretty good for a kids film. Not my taste these days, but have to admit the child actors are very good and the luck dragon… 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
KJ Proulx
Good old fashioned family entertainment at it's finest. "The Neverending Story" is a film for all ages. Released in 1984, this film still holds… More
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
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