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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Reviews

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Nick Rogers

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 Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 31, 2014
Emanuel Levy

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

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

July 8, 2011
Luke Y. Thompson

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

Full Review Source: Geekweek

June 24, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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 Source: TIME Magazine

August 20, 2008


A genuine cult movie: imaginative and endearingly naff.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

March 3, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Richter's comic genre hybrid comes complete with its own mythology, and team of established superheroes, and is curiously appealing.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 16, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 5, 2007

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

Full Review Source: Variety

June 5, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Eric Melin

Completely out-of-control and one of a kind

| Original Score: 4/5

June 24, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

August 19, 2004
Dan Fazio

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

Full Review Source: Citysearch | Original Score: 5/10

September 16, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 20, 2003
Brian Mckay

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2003
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

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

| Original Score: 1/5

March 14, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Wonderfully fun, albeit markedly chaotic and incoherent.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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 Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

December 19, 2002
Widgett Walls

The pinnacle of gonzo camp cult classics.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

Buckaroo Banzai seems stranded in an alternate dimension where films don't need to have a solid perspective to exist.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 5, 2002
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