The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride (1987)

Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain. Directed by Rob Reiner, it's an enchanting classic the whole family will love!

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 25, 1987
DVD Release Date: January 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Heroic fantasies, we often feel, should be lighter than air, hot as dragon fire, fast as a sword in sunlight. And that's mostly what we get from the delightful The Princess Bride -- along with some bracing humor and foolery.

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Derek Malcolm

The Princess Bride easily transcends expectations, as a fantasy that has a few pertinent things to say about the genre, including the odd fact that the heroes of such things are often prettier than the heroines.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Patinkin, the most dazzling movie swordsman since Errol Flynn, steals the movie with his athletic grace and delivery of lines like: "My name is Inigo Montoya! Prepare to die!"

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The film works well enough, providing its fair share of laughs and thrills, and in technical terms it is by far Reiner`s most professional job of direction.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

A unqualified success that blends New York wit with timeless storytelling; a risky piece of filmaking that never feels so.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

For parents who have felt as if they were approaching the Cliffs of Insanity while enduring the inanities of standard kiddie pictures, The Princess Bride may be a godsend.

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Variety Staff

Based on William Goldman's novel, this is a post-modern fairy tale that challenges and affirms the conventions of a genre that may not be flexible enough to support such horseplay.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews's ultimately not difficult to see why The Princess Bride has become something of a classic in the years since its 1987 release.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Simply one of the best movies ive ever seen. it just had everything in a simple fun great way. My 5 year old even loves this movie.
Carlos Magalhães
An enchanting storybook love story that has gained the status of cult movie along the years and appeals to both youngsters and adults alike thanks to its… More
KJ Proulx
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Phil Hubbs
You can clearly see this is a Rob Reiner film in every sense. The whole production has that silly visual humour that most would associate with Mel… More
Eugene Bernabe
Rob Reiner creates a cult-hit with slapstick-ish humor and an enchanting charm. The Princess Bride has solid action, Reiner's signature style of narrative… More
Mark Hobin
What makes The Princess Bride so enjoyable is Rob Reiner's ability to send-up traditional fables without descending into acerbity. Novelist and… More