The Princess Bride 1987

Critics score:
97 / 100

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Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune: The film works well enough, providing its fair share of laughs and thrills, and in technical terms it is by far Reiner`s most professional job of direction. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times: Heroic fantasies, we often feel, should be lighter than air, hot as dragon fire, fast as a sword in sunlight. And that's mostly what we get from the delightful The Princess Bride -- along with some bracing humor and foolery. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: For parents who have felt as if they were approaching the Cliffs of Insanity while enduring the inanities of standard kiddie pictures, The Princess Bride may be a godsend. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: Patinkin, the most dazzling movie swordsman since Errol Flynn, steals the movie with his athletic grace and delivery of lines like: "My name is Inigo Montoya! Prepare to die!" Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Rob Reiner's friendly 1987 fairy-tale adventure delicately mines the irony inherent in its make-believe without ever undermining the effectiveness of the fantasy. Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: This material might easily have lent itself to broad parody or become too cute for its own good. But Mr. Reiner presents it as a bedtime story, pure and simple. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Since its release more than 15 years ago, The Princess Bride has often been copied, but never equaled. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It is filled with good-hearted fun. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: As you watch this enchanting fantasy, feel free to be thrilled or to giggle, as you wish. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: The leads are vacuous; the absurdities sometimes forced and obvious. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Based on William Goldman's novel, this is a post-modern fairy tale that challenges and affirms the conventions of a genre that may not be flexible enough to support such horseplay. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Bride achieves much more than most film comedies. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: It's a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love. Read more