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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 1


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 16,642



Movie Info

Despite mixed reviews and a disastrous initial release that dumped the film into theaters for a week in the midst of the 1984 Summer Olympics, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension went on to become one of the major cult films of the 1980s, developing a rabid following after its release on videotape. Drifting between satire and improbable sci-fi adventure, the film stars Peter Weller as Buckaroo Banzai, the son of an American mother and Japanese father who is a combination … More

Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Earl Mac Rauch
In Theaters:
Jan 4, 2002


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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (10) | DVD (22)

A state-of-the-art spaceship flying at the speed of light without narrative coordinates, Buckaroo Banzai is the very oddest good movie in many a full moon.

Full Review… | August 20, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Richter's comic genre hybrid comes complete with its own mythology, and team of established superheroes, and is curiously appealing.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Top Critic

The film gives you the mildly annoying sensation of being left out of a not very good private joke.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Buckaroo Banzai may well turn out to be a pilot film for other theatrical features, though this one would be hard to top for pure, nutty fun.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A one-film franchise that never was, too daft and marvelous to expand any further.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014

There are fun fripperies to be found on the fringe of "Buckaroo's" free-for-all. But like the bells and whistles of a garish pinball game, they are but momentarily enjoyable distractions on a machine that was destined to tilt from the get-go.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014

Off-the-wall and incoherent but colorful and eccentric, this satire, benefiting from a great cast, became a cult item.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011

It's a whole lot of thought put into a movie in which not very much happens.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010

A genuine cult movie: imaginative and endearingly naff.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008

Buckaroo Banzai is like decades of escapist pulp filtered through the skeptic's shrug of the mid-'80s.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008

Punch lines appear without set-ups and set-ups without punch lines. Characters come and go with such bewildering speed that it is virtually impossible to keep track of the story, which jumps around enough to induce motion sickness.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's so much going on here and so much fun to be had, I've never really been sure what the plot was.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Completely out-of-control and one of a kind

June 24, 2005

An offbeat movie with a gee-whiz approach to popular culture.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

An endearing piece of trash with a devoted group of fans.

Full Review… | September 16, 2003

One of the crappiest films of all time. Yet somehow, inexplicably, it's also one of the coolest films of all time . . . like reading a really bad Japanese comic book on acid

Full Review… | March 20, 2003

Still can't believe this silly loser gained a cult reputation

March 14, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Wonderfully fun, albeit markedly chaotic and incoherent.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

The characters each look like they are from a first generation music video, speak like they are in a work of serious science-fiction, and sound like a stepchild to Huey Lewis and the News ...

Full Review… | December 19, 2002
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The pinnacle of gonzo camp cult classics.

October 2, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension


Insane Dr. Lizado and his alien allies try to steal the secret of eighth dimensional travel from neurosurgeon/secret agent Buckaroo Banzai and his band of rock and roll scientists. It's pleasantly campy and crazy and features some great throwaway lines; the one problem is that star Peter Weller is far too reserved to play the larger-than-life Buckaroo. Jeff Goldblum is underutilized as a New Jersey cowboy sidekick; if the casting department had switched Weller and Glodblum's roles they could have made a masterpiece.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

This is a wacky sci-fi adventure comedy movie that's so strange you're not sure what genre it really belongs to or why they made the movie in the first place. It stars a lot of good actors, and they do an alright job, but the story is confusing and like I said, very odd. Overall, it's okay.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

This movie definitely falls into the cult film category. Definitely hit or miss, but I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. Give it a shot.

Jacob Ethington
Jacob Ethington

Super Reviewer


Not the classic I was expecting. I spent much of the time trying to figure out who was who and what was going on. I still enjoyed it, nonetheless.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Quotes

Buckaroo Banzai:
No matter where you go, there you are.
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