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Rob Reiner United States, 1987

Roscoe's rating of the film The Princess Bride

Cinematically inert -- it is in dire need of a dash of Curtizian spice to bring it to life. A fawning exercise in cutesy sentimentality and occasionally amusing comedy, it never once manages to generate anything even remotely resembling excitement, unlike the adventure novels (and films) it thinks it is a tribute to. Only Peter Falk lives onscreen in any interesting way.