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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
Sex
0 out of 5
Positive messages
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

4 stars

This is a great movie!

- 3niR, Thursday, January 28, 2010

3 stars

I'd heard nothing but bad things about this fantasy film and I feared that Matthew Vaughn had tried to make his own Princess Bride, something that I though was odd considering his CV. It's good to be wrong, Stardust was quite good, after a shaky start, the film got quite exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. I can't wait for Vaughn's Kick-Ass now, he has proved that he's more than just a producer of second rate British gangster films anyway!

- SirPant, Wednesday, December 30, 2009

4 stars

While I fear the audience is slowly getting tired of fantasy films after books this is another highlight of the genre. While the first half of the movie feels somewhat bumpy in direction and editing at times, the rest is pretty perfect (I am saying this without having read the book, mind you). Sure, not every joke works as good as the many really great ones (special points to Robert DeNiro and Ricky Gervais), and not all effects look as good as the neat camera rides and gorgeous landscape shots. But newbie Charlie Cox makes for a really charming and likable main character, there is plenty of magic, fun and humor, a good soundtrack and a pretty exciting showdown as well as great villains. You have to admire Michelle Pfeiffer for her guts to ridicule the beauty mania and ageism she became a victim of in Hollywood. Very lovable and satisfying all around. Maybe even for the new millennium what Princess Bride was for the 80s.

- ironclad1609, Saturday, September 5, 2009