Well, J and I just saw the movie and it was GREAT! The critics were so wrong on this one! Very much like a cross between the LOTR's and NARNIA! There are critics out there that DON'T want kids to see this and are calling for a BAN because the author of the trilogy of books is agnostic at best if not outright atheist and attacks the corruption of church via this series. The people calling for this ban are the same ones who swear that Harry Potter will make your children witches and warlocks. Many feel the same way about Star Wars but some seem ok with those movies but not the others.... strange thinking there! When we fear something that we have not even read or watched for ourselves we let a corrupted ignorance win! I chose to take J to see it and judge for ourselves - Both Harry Potter and this new movie. I am glad I did - the GOLDEN COMPASS was a great movie and I look forward to a sequel if it gets made. In fact I will go out and get the original book and judge for myself the merits of the story verus all the hype (AND WEIGH AGAINST MY EVER STRONG FAITH - my mind can tell the difference between fact and fiction/fantasy story telling for entertainment). And yes, I understand that a lot of the political back story was cut out to make the story more pleasing to a general audience. I would not let little kids see this movie however, it was violent at times during the fight scenes - the two armored bears squaring off - wow and the jaw.... Anyway - not for little ones. If only I had a Golden Compass to see what truths are realy out there among you!