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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Low-budget sci-fi disaster with some swearing.

Movie PG 1998 93 minutes
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age 5+

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age 5+

Brilliant Movie for the Whole Family

This movie is perfect for the whole family. It's so magical and unusual; it's lovely. And of course, the fact that this is based on Neil Gaiman's novel makes it more awesome. Also, Narnia's Prince Caspian is in it! My siblings and I have watched this movie countless times.

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Stardust could have gone the quirky route, or it could have gone the action-packed route, but instead, the movie plods along with all the slowness of an old vacuum cleaner. After all the action of the first 10 minutes, culminating with the father being sent to jail after being framed for arson, scenes drag out longer than necessary, to say nothing of the scenes that feel superfluous. The vacuum cleaner that is supposedly brought to life doesn't even develop much of a personality until the very end; before that, it spits gunk and eventually learns to repeat the word "peace" over and over again.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Stardust is that it was filmed on-location in Hamtramck, Michigan. The acting is decent, and had this been in more capable hands, this movie could have been entertaining. Instead, the low budget and amateur-hour feel hinder any potential this movie had to be worthwhile viewing.

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