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Barb Wire (1996)

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28

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 26

Barb Wire could've been fun camp, but Pamela Anderson can't deliver her lines with any dramatic or comedic impact.

23

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 10

Barb Wire could've been fun camp, but Pamela Anderson can't deliver her lines with any dramatic or comedic impact.

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14

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Average Rating: 1.8/5
User Ratings: 47,155

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Movie Info

Set in the year 2017, Barb Wire takes place after democracy has fallen and a fascist military junta has taken over the U.S. government, plotting to wipe out the country with Red Ribbon, a laboratory-manufactured disease derived from the AIDS virus. The entire test city of Topeka has been annihilated, and only the small bastion of Steel Harbor remains the last free zone in the country, conveniently the home of the title heroine Pamela Lee. Barb, a leather-clad, silicon-stretched motorcycle mama,

R,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Chuck Pfarrer

Dec 8, 1998

PolyGram Video

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (26) | DVD (3)

The irony of this style, with its high-swank grunge clutter, is that it's too dissociated to have coherence even as pop; we're always aware that we're watching sets being photographed.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie carries its cyberpunk variation right through to the end, and usually with enough wit and craziness to freshen the mix. Then, there is Pamela, whose tight, disciplined performance deserves more respect than it will almost certainly get.

April 27, 2007 | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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Its main source is a comic book, but it might as well be a computer.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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his cartoonlike starring vehicle for Pamela Anderson Lee offers enough choreographed fight sequences, heavy artillery and fleeting glimpses of the star's august body parts to satisfy the raging hormones of its target young male audience.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The film's haphazardly edited, lacks narrative clout, and rambles on to a ludicrously extended conclusion.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Made with a wafer-thin stylishness that thinks dressing the Congressionals like storm troopers is creative, Barb Wire plods along, following one pro forma scene with the next.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A lemon of a comic book movie with an uninteresting heroine, bad acting, and a bland humorless premise...

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...a consistently inept and astonishingly dull actioner...

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

We used to complain about Hollywood travesties of great books; now we're reduced to kvetching about movies that cheapen the comic strips on which they're based.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There isn't a scene that Anderson-Lee walks through that didn't grab my attention.

December 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The most inane and inept hootfest (or, for that matter, hooterfest) to hit the big screen since Showgirls.

January 11, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

After a while [the] novelty wears off.

December 4, 2002 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Don't bother.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

The focus remains on Lee throughout, and (except for one flashback scene, in which we see the young, compassionate woman she once was) she pretty much delivers.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The past two years have been Bad Movie manna for fans of deliriously cheesy sci-fi thrillers set in the near future.

November 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

One of those outrageous, over-the-top comic book style movies, and as such, it's kinda fun.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The hypocrisy level is annoying.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It is, after all, a comic book come to life (it's based on the Dark Horse comic series) and doesn't pretend to be about anything more than that.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Buxom babes, big explosions, and black leather. Hey, pal, what more do you want?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Barb Wire

A pretty typical low budget 'Big name' action film of the mid 90's. I'm not sure which looks more plastic, the set or Ms Anderson's knockers. I'm guessing it has a cult following, I can't say I've ever read the comic it's based on but it looks quite good. I dare say the film has ruined it for them somewhat now but who knows, maybe they can remake/re-adapt it in the near future, stranger things have happened. Overall, after waiting this long to see it and knowing its reputation I have to say I was disappointed by the lack of screen time Ms Anderson's boobs had!
February 4, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Barb Wire is just an excuse for studio executives to fill their wallets by casting Pamela Anderson (who was still big back then) in a film that has little substance. Barb Wire is a terrible attempt at an action film and is definitely one of the worst action films that I've ever seen. The film has some of the worst acting possible. Based on a comic book, Barb Wire takes place in the future where the U.S government has fallen and a Fascist military dictatorship has taken over. Barb Wire's plot is pretty thin with poor development. Pamela Anderson is definitely no actress and this film proves it. The only thing that's going for this film is that the film looks great. The sets are awesome and the look of Steel Harbor is wonderful. Unfortunately, that doesn't redeem the film from being a terrible miscalculation. I despised this film, and thought it had nothing interesting to offer the viewer. Barb Wire is a mess, and doesn't work as an effective action film. This is one awful film that just doesn't cut it. The film is sloppy and it plays out like a bad B movie. There are no redeeming aspects of this film. Pamela Anderson is a has been sex goddess and with a role like Barb Wire, studio executives knew how to exploit that to their advantage. Unfortunately, Barb Wire is a piece of trash with nothing going for it. The plot is paper thin, and is virtually nonexistent. Barb Wire is a definite miss!
September 28, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

I didn't see the whole movie.....cause it was so fucking bad
November 20, 2009
TheGame90
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Ahhh gorgeous Pammy, she's lovely x this film is'nt too bad, the comic is cool and this touches that with the look but its very basic and pretty dumb. Could be more violent but a strange little ensamble of cast makes it ok, Kier being the best in the oddball rating of course.

This is better than Johnny Mnemonic but only due to Pammy in very tight bondage biker gear which is just fine with me haha
May 7, 2009
phubbs1

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