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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.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
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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®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Even if it is not as smart and emotionally affecting as MirrorMask it will alert moviegoers to the talent of Gaiman -- a storyteller for the ages.

- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, Friday, August 10, 2007

Audience Reviews

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

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