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The NeverEnding Story

PG In Theaters 07/20/1984 , 94min.
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97%
Viewer score based on 6 ratings
46%
Critic score based on 10 reviews

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Variety
Wolfgang Petersen's The NeverEnding Story is a marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy. Full Review
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Despite the sophistication of the source material, this 1984 film isn't particularly successful: Petersen insists on forcing the superficial moral lessons, and the half hour removed from the film by its American distributors leaves it with a harsh, choppy rhythm. Full Review
Julie Salamon
Wall Street Journal
This fairy tale is a weirdly enchanting mixture of old-fashioned whimsy and up-to-the-minute special effects. It brings back the early excitement of reading as a child, when the act of turning pages took on a magical quality. [19 Jul 1984, pg.1] Full Review
Michael Blowen
Boston Globe
The Neverending Story, Wolfgang Petersen's sophisticated fantasy film, is so wonderfully appropriate to children that it seems to have been made by kids. But there is enough artistic merit in the tale to enchant adults equally. [20 Jul 1984, p.1] Full Review
Richard Corliss
Time
A lot of it's real pretty, the colors and creatures and all, but these days, you know, every movie is pretty pretty. I guess the only thing that kept me glued to my seat was the gum somebody'd stuck on the upholstery. [16 July 1984, p.71] Full Review

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