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The Princess Bride Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    The movie has its own genuine charm and one hilarious high: Billy Crystal & Carol Kane are simply wonderful. [24 Sept 1987, p.24(E)]

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Crystal is such a panic - and normally uptight Patinkin is so attractively relaxed as a Spanish swordsman - that Bride's charms just can't be ignored. [25 Sept 1987]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    Reiner's penchant for hip little riffs -- Billy Crystal as a yiddish wizard, etc. -- dilutes primal power in favor of genial fun.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    The Princess Bride wants to be sweet and warm, but it doesn't want to take the chance of seeming uncool -- and that is an attitude far, far removed from innocence. [9 Oct 1987]

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is filled with good-hearted fun, with performances by actors who seem to be smacking their lips and by a certain true innocence that survives all of Reiner's satire.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this quirky, funny fairy tale has quite a bit of action-style violence, including a torture machine, sword fights (one to the death), a death by poisoning, quicksand, fire pits, and ROUSes (rodents of unusual size) and giant shrieking eels that attack main characters. But the movie's skewed humor and its storybook feel lessen some of the impact of the violent scenes. There's also some drinking -- in one scene a drunken character is revived in a barrel of water -- and a bit of kissing.

  • Families can talk about what makes for a really good adventure/love story. Is it sword fights? Scary creatures? Handsome leading men and ladies?
  • How does this movie poke fun at some of the standard fairy tale elements?
  • In the end, why didn't the sick boy mind the kissing scene as much as he thought he would?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

  • message true1

    Messages: Despite some manipulation and betrayal along the way, overall the movie's message is about the triumph of true love and the importance of loyalty, friendship, and family.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Characters prize true love and generally hold fast to their ideals where it's concerned. Some characters compromise their beliefs in the pursuit of their goals, but they don't win out in the end. Inigo is driven almost solely by a powerful quest for vengeance, but he has strong reasons. The grandfather and grandson have a touching relationship.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Action-style violence includes a torture machine, sword fights (one to the death), a death by poisoning, quicksand, fire pits, shrieking eels, and menacing ROUSes (rodents of unusual size).

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: A few kisses, most notably a very sweet storybook kiss. One reference to Buttercup's "perfect breasts."

  • language false2

    Language: One use of "son of a bitch." Also "my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Inigo has a drinking problem (he's shown inebriated), and Fezzik nurses him back to health. Other characters sometimes drink from goblets of wine.