6.1/10
158,516
676 user 251 critic

The Golden Compass (2007)

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews
Popularity
1,466 ( 167)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Inkheart (2008)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

Director: Eric Brevig
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.

Director: Gabor Csupo
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Pantalaimon (voice)
...
Iorek Byrnison (voice)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Stelmaria (voice)
...
Second High Councilor
...
Hester (voice)
Edit

Storyline

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust--discovered in the vast Arctic expanse of the North--was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, 'gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle... Written by Krista

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

quest | epic | friend | children | girl | See All (208) »

Taglines:

"It is the Alethiometer. It tells the truth. As for how to read it, you'll have to learn by yourself." See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La brújula dorada  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,243,984 (United Kingdom), 9 December 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,783,232, 9 December 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,107,728

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$346,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "real world" night scene in Oxford, that opens the film, included a digitally added skyscraper that doesn't exist in the real Oxford. The scene morphs to the "alternate world" Oxford, which is, in fact, the actual current Oxford street scene. See more »

Goofs

When Iorek, with Lyra atop of him, is bounding across an arctic plane, the CGI breaks down for a second, for his left hind leg flickers as he runs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Serafina Pekkala: There are many universes and many Earths parallel to each other. Worlds like yours, where people's souls live inside their bodies, and worlds like mine, where they walk beside us, as animal spirits we call daemons.
Stelmaria: Are we going to see the child?
Lord Asriel: I should think so.
Serafina Pekkala: So many worlds. But connecting them all is Dust. Dust was here before the witches of the air, the Gyptians of the water, and the bears of the ice. In my world, scholars invented an alethiometer - a golden compass - and it...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The FBI anti-piracy warning, typically on US-distributed DVD's, is displayed with the Magisterium's logo above the warning and the Magisterium building behind the warning as a water mark -- it plays after the feature ends. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #38.13 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Lyra
Written and Performed by Kate Bush
Featuring The Choristers of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford
Conductor: Bill Ives
With Thanks to Andrew Halls
Kate Bush appears courtesy of Noble and Brite Limited / EMI Records Limited
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
What A Horrible Let Down
14 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie was an if for me at first, being that it just seemed like one of the many quickly thrown together fantasy novels/movies that have supposed huge followings. However, I found myself sitting there in the theater, and to be honest, I was somewhat impressed at first, the effects were very good, and although you can still obviously tell CGI versus live action, very smooth. The actors did a great job with what they had, and what they had is what ruined the movie. The script was rough at best, with randomly thrown together scenes that were leading towards an Aha! moment that never came. The whole movie kept building, and the plot kept thickening. However, in the end we are left with a sub par battle and more questions than when the movie started.

It seems as if the sole purpose for this movie was to be the directors vehicle for a sequel, as the end comes at a point in the story which traditionally would be the arc of the plot, however we end up getting rolling credits in place of explanation. If there is one thing that I did actually enjoy in this movie, I will say once again, the animation was superb, the ice bears were magnificent, and the actors were good, but not even those could save this movie. Unless you have the mental capacity of a young child, this film will seem like a huge waste of your time and your dollars once the credits roll, and you as I will end up walking out unfulfilled, and ultimately let down.


12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 676 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017