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The Golden Compass

6.11 h 53 min2007X-RayPG
In a marvelous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. When Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) becomes the keeper of the Golden Compass, only she has the ability to read its portent messages and prevent her world – and all others – from slipping into an evil darkness.
Chris Weitz
Nicole KidmanDaniel CraigDakota Blue Richards
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Eva GreenSam ElliottChristopher LeeDerek Jacobi
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4.4 out of 5 stars

2768 global ratings

  1. 67% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
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Glasgow AnnieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Alan R. EdwardsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
beware of religious sensitivities
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excellent film BUT there were supposed to be two further films to complete the story. Unfortunately due, YET AGAIN, to religious over reactions (especially from the American bible belt) the sequels were never made so we never got a proper ending. You have been warned.
19 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Avoid this nonsense
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It is an appalling film. And it is no surprise that the sequels that were lined up to follow were never made.

Muddled, incoherent, not sure what it was, stuck somewhere between fantasy, reality, poor man’s Lord of the Rings, kids or tennagers or whatever.

Some performances were good - not entirely unsurprising with a cast of fine actors. But the Director was clueless. A classic case of the need to keep Director and Writer separate. Weiz is neither a good director nor a writer of any quality. So combining both was merely double trouble.

I know it’s not possible but it was so bad I would like the two or so hours I spent watching this drivel, back. A complete waste of my time and £2.95 to rent the blessed thing.

Best avoided at all costs.
7 people found this helpful
SpyroReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I haven't read the Pullman books yet, so I came to this film with few expectations or preconceived ideas. As a fantasy film, it's beautifully produced, and I enjoyed spotting the Oxford locations I've been to. Story-wise, it's a bit disappointing. There is so much crammed in without a chance to really develop the characters or even give a strong sense of the issues at play. It's a great adventure story but it could have been so much more. The most disappointing thing is the lack of a real ending - especially given that there's no sequel coming. I felt as though things were really only just beginning when the film ended. As for this being the 'extended' edition, the marketing people obviously have a different definition to the one I'm familiar with. The film was the same length as the regular version. Yes, there's a second disk with extras, but the film itself isn't extended in any way whatsoever. The other thing that annoys me with the production is that I needed to keep the remote in my hand to adjust the volume - music and fight scenes were so much louder than dialogue to such an extent that my volume ranged from 7 to 20. To my mind that's poor mixing and editing.

I loved Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter - suitably cold and menacing; Jim Carter as John Faa; and of course Ian McKellan as the voice of Iorek the bear. It's obvious that this was Dakota Blue Richard's first film and at times her clichéd performance was annoying, but other times she showed the potential that fuelled her later performance in The Secret of Moonacre.

I didn't hate this film and I've no doubt I'll watch it again at some point, but I don't think it'll be on my 'watch at least once a year' list.
10 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Oh well
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This review is of the Bluray Extended 2 disc.

There are no additional scenes. It's the theatrical release with some extras, making of etc.The Dark Materials trilogy is a major work of modern fiction and it is hard to see how such a beautifully crafted novel could ever really be made into a movie that reflects the subtle artistry that Pullman gave it. Having said that, this sanitised adventure version is not that bad.
Cast is very good, especially the delightful Dakota who almost steps our of the pages of the novel - at least visually.
It is a crappy ending like they'd run out of money or were so sure that they were creating the first instalment of a franchise.
Weitsz seems sincere as the writer / director and so it may be that the studio pulled a fast one on him with regard to this. Though I would have thought a lover of the books would fight for the integrity of his adaptation.
All in all it is a nice looking film, well acted and an enjoyable watch - unless you are a Pullman die-hard, in which case it wil be a species of torture.
9 people found this helpful
Jonny MuirheadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I highly recommend this movie
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My children have both read the Northern Lights, so I was keen for them to see the film, and it did not disappoint. Well adapted for the screen, with great special affects and jam packed full of great actors giving wonderful performances.

The DVD was an excellent price, well package and arrived swiftly.
9 people found this helpful
quirkysmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good movie for older children/young teens.
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Dvd arrived in great condition and as advertised. Great to know it's helping a hospice raise funds. Bought for my son to watch as he's just finished reading the books. A shame so much was missed from the books (apparently!) and also a shame that it doesn't cover to the end of the first book (again apparently!!) when it doesn't seem as if any sequels are going to be made. However it was an ok film to watch if you have an hour or so spare and reading the books beforehand wasn't an issue.
2 people found this helpful
A O K RReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than the critics say! Give it a try!
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Worth a second look in the light of the recent BBC serial! I know it was panned by the critics but the cast I feel did there best with a truncated version - shame the next film is ax yet unmade! Worth seeing!
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