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Stardust

children & family, romance, sci-fi & fantasy


Escape into the enchanted world of chivalry and romance in Stardust, an epic tale starring Claire Danes with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    76%
  • Audience Score
    86%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Dazzling fantasy romcom has some dark moments.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this highly entertaining fantasy will appeal to kids with its mix of swashbuckling adventure and romance, it's darker than cinematic cousins like The Princess Bride. It's surprisingly violent, with several deaths and lots of fights featuring knives and swords. The scenes in which an evil witch unleashes her fury are truly frightening (one with a voodoo doll may make even older tweens close their eyes), as is her transformation into an old hag. The subplots, including one about brothers vying for their father's crown trying to kill each other, may be too disturbing for younger kids.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what makes up a really good adventure/love story. Is it sword fights? Scary villains? Handsome leading men and ladies? What's the appeal of fantasy tales like this one? Are violent scenes any less scary when they take place in a world of witches and flying ships? Families can also discuss Tristan's relationships with Victoria and Yvaine. Is Victoria worth the trouble he goes to? How is she different from Yvaine? How does the movie show Tristan's changing feelings toward the two women? And why does Lamia want to stay young forever? Is youth valued above all, especially on film?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    76%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    86%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: No, Stardust isn't a children's movie. It's a movie for anyone, of any age, who believes in magic -- or wishes they did.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 10, 2007

Fresh:

- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh: Stardust lights up the screen with a splendid tale of heroism and romance. You don't have to be a fan of fantasies to enjoy its considerable whimsy.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, August 10, 2007

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Just watched this again for the 5000th time this time on blu ray and it again is just an amazingly fun movie!! Directed my Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass), it is one of my all time favorites. What do stars do? They shine and the stars of this movie do from Robert De Niro to Michelle Pfeiffer. All around great movie!!

- jmanard52, Tuesday, February 15, 2011

3 stars

"What do stars do? They shine." Sky pirates. Blood-thirsty (actually, heart-hungry) witches. Fallen stars. Murderous princes. Action, humor, and all the romance that anyone should require. Stardust is an entertaining fantasy adventure film that has it all, and should appease any fan of the genre. Matthew Vaughn's second directorial effort is quite different from the work he did before and after it (the excellent Layer Cake and Kick-Ass, respectively), and it proves that he can make a good movie in nearly any genre. This adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name follows our young hero Tristan (Charlie Cox) as he follows a falling star to another world, in order to bring it back as a gift for the woman he wants to marry. It's not that simple of course, as Tristan finds the star to be not a mere celestial rock, but a young woman (Claire Danes). A very uncooperative young woman, and one who is also being sought by three witch sisters and a prince, who all wish to kill her for her immortal heart. As you can probably guess, that scenario has adventure written all over it. Stardust has a very definite Princess Bride vibe. If that movie's mix of action, humor, romance, and colorful characters (Robert De Niro has a ball as a rather unique pirate, and Michelle Pfeiffer and Ricky Gervais also steal every scene they're in) appealed to you, then you're in luck. I honestly can't come up with many reasons why someone wouldn't like this, unless you're just not a fan of Gaiman's book or the genre as a whole. I found it to be charming and fun.

- lewiskendell, Friday, August 6, 2010

3 stars

Cute, but I was underwhelmed. Its no Princess Bride. Worth it just to see DeNiro as Captain Shakespeare.

- kenstachnik, Sunday, August 1, 2010