I enjoyed it. It was very pretty to look at. Dakota Blue Richards (who played Lyra) was excellent. Daniel Craig (who played Lord Asriel) is turning out to be the sort of actor I would like to watch reading the phone book, even if he does pretty much play the same character every time. I didn't much like Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter. Not that there was anything seriously wrong with how she played the role, but it didn't quite work for me. (Apparently Pullman had her in mind for the role though, so maybe I just don't know what I'm talking about.) The other actors did well, but their characters were only on screen for a few minutes so they didn't get a good chance to distinguish themselves. (The characters are much more fleshed-out in the book.) I enjoyed being regularly massaged by subsonic bear roars.
But as far as the plot and its connection to the book is concerned, I think "Golden Un-Completed Jigsaw Puzzle With Many Pieces Lost in the Sofa Cushions" would be a more apt title. I can't imagine how a person who hasn't read the book would be able to follow what was going on.
Impressive knitting shows up in many of the movies I see these days. Lyra's hat has already been deconstructed and offered as a free pattern. She also had a beautiful knitted coat which you can sort of see here.
ETA: Trying another link to Lyra's coat:
and here is a blog post about how to make it:
(There's also a craigslist ad looking to hire someone to make it.)