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The Golden Compass

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Chris Weitz

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Plot Summary

In a wondrous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. When Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) becomes the keeper of the Golden Compass, she discovers that her world – and all those beyond – is threatened by the secret plans of Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman). With the help of Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) and a group of unlikely allies ready to stand at her side, Lyra embarks on an extraordinary quest that celebrates friendship and courage against all odds.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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42%
  • Reviews Counted: 190
  • Fresh: 80
  • Rotten: 110
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: An aura of disappointment takes hold midway into Golden Compass and becomes undeniable by the finish. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Represents the year's biggest gamble -- and it delivers the year's biggest and most ambitious fantasy. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Weitz's film is short, punchy and efficient, and it's full of engaging spectacle. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

I liked it

It wasn't exactly brilliant, as lord of the rings (made by the same studio) was, but I enjoyed it. They did a good job adapting the book into movie form, some of the details have been changed but it's essentially all there. The one disappointment is that they cut off the end of the book (The best part), supposedly to make a dramatic opening for the second movie in the series, but apparently this one didn't do so well, so it's quite possible there will be no second movie. Anyway, if you like fantasy, like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, you should check this out, oh, and get the audio book too.

deeply disappointing

amazing book, lame movie. terribly edited, cheesily acted (except for Daniel Craig, of course) and just all around very poorly adapted. not worth seeing, save your mindspace for the wonderful images you can make on your own from reading the fantastic book.

The Golden Compass

This movie was pretty good. Some of it was confusing if you haven't read the book, but all in all it was a suspencing movie. The book was still better, but rent it 'cause you won't regret it.

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