The Golden Compass

113 mins
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Hot on the heels of the 'Lord Of The Rings' and 'Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe' buzz is the 'His... More

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The Golden Compass | Ratings & Reviews

"Impressively rendered but oddly uninviting adventure..."


"Nicole Kidman’s glittering villainess, some gorgeously rendered CG design and a bolshy, 11-year-old heroine can’t entirely rescue this $180-million franchise gamble from a juddering, shuddering outcome. Not a failure by any stretch, but Compass leaves its future hanging in the balance..."

Total FilmTotal Film

"A "soft" epic, a film touching on childhood fantasies with sturdy, unwavering characters driven to evil or good. More "Harry Potter," in other words, than "Beowulf."..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Me, I just think it blows. What does it matter if you spend millions on a movie - love the talking, battling bears! - if the effects are cheesy, the story runs off on tangents and after watching the movie fail utterly to be the next Lord of the Rings, you just want to go home..."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"A darker, deeper fantasy epic than the "Rings" trilogy, "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the "Potter" films. It springs from the same British world of quasi-philosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions. As a visual experience, it is superb. As an escapist fantasy, it is challenging...."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"A crushing disappointment for fans and a scuppered opportunity for a cinematic event. That the first book has been so mishandled doesn’t bode well for the (already greenlit) more complicated ones to come..."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"This is what happens when filmmakers bend over backwards to try to please everyone. Nobody's really happy..."

Christchurch PressChristchurch Press

The Golden Compass | Details

Award winner
Academy Awards 08; Best Visual Effects | BAFTAs 08; Best Visual Effects
PG, Frightening Fantasy Scenes & Violence
Adventure, Fantasy, Kids & Family
Country of origin

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