• The Golden Compass (2007)

The Golden Compass

Release Date: December 7th, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2008

PG-13 |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. Dark forces are at work in the girl's world, and many children have been kidnapped by beings known as Gobblers. Lyra vows to save her best friend, Roger, after he disappears too. She sets out with her daemon, a tribe of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear and a Texas airman on an epic quest to rescue Roger and save her world.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Tom Courtenay, Christopher Lee, Derek Jacobi

Director: Chris Weitz

Genres: Fantasy , Children , Adventure

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Scholastic Productions, Depth of Field

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Pursuit, Investigation, Mother, Suspenseful, Father, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A "soft" epic, a film touching on childhood fantasies with sturdy, unwavering characters driven to evil or good. More "Harry Potter," in other words, than "Beowulf." show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Looks magical, seethes with elusive profundities and makes remarkably little sense, though the murkiness makes perfect sense on a shallower level. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A darker, deeper fantasy epic than the "Rings" trilogy, "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the "Potter" films. It springs from the same British world of quasi-philosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions. As a visual experience, it is superb. As an escapist fantasy, it is challenging. show more

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Winner Visual Effects
Winner Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Art Direction