The Neverending Story
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Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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Rotten: Despite the sophistication of the source material, the film isn't particularly successful.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Monday, November 26, 2012
Fresh: An enjoyable departure from both Das Boot and Kajagoogoo.
- Gregory Weinkauf, New Times, Thursday, June 24, 2010
While it is defintelty full of nostalgia and larger than life adventure, it is still a bit unfocused and all over the place. Where this film succeeds is occassionally innovative visuals and cleverly designed characters. The Never Ending Story is definetly mixed bag. Screnplay is by far the most cliched element here and does not live up it's expectations. Considering the fact that this was made in 1984, it is still wonderful to look at. But as with all the Petersen's films this is no exeption. It is definetly a film more about style over substance.
- emilkakko, Saturday, August 6, 2011
The title says it all. I saw it years ago and didn't think much of it. Gave it another try and it is still mostly a bore. It's like SId & Marty Kroft meets Jim Henson without all the fun.
- RCCLBC, Monday, April 4, 2011
Let me start off by saying that I've never read the source material, and that I never had seen this before. That's right, this was not some film I have a nostalgic attachment to. As a result, I must say that while I can appreciate some of this, it didn't really win me over all that much. I know it's a fantasy film, but even then, it just seems a little silly, and kind of like the filmmakers automatically assumed you'd have an emotional investment from the start. A good example of this is the swamo scene with Artax. I don't have ice in my veins, but it was hard for me to care about things. It felt shallow and I wasn't really all that moved by what happens. I like the fact that this is a film made when animatronics and puppetry were king, though. Practical just almost always seems better to me. The film does look good, and the direction is nice, but some of the performances are a little iffy for me, mostly because these aren't exactly the best child actors. They're not terrible though. Hate me if you want, but I can't help it that this didn't win me over as being some kind of masterpiece. I'm glad I finally saw it, but it's just not really my thing.
- cosmo313, Thursday, March 31, 2011