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Barb Wire Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 20, 2013
A lemon of a comic book movie with an uninteresting heroine, bad acting, and a bland humorless premise...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 7, 2011
...a consistently inept and astonishingly dull actioner...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
April 27, 2007
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2007
Its main source is a comic book, but it might as well be a computer.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 27, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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April 27, 2007
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The film's haphazardly edited, lacks narrative clout, and rambles on to a ludicrously extended conclusion.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 18, 2004
There isn't a scene that Anderson-Lee walks through that didn't grab my attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
January 11, 2004
The most inane and inept hootfest (or, for that matter, hooterfest) to hit the big screen since Showgirls.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Dragan Antulov
December 4, 2002
After a while [the] novelty wears off.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Don't bother.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Margulies
November 6, 2001
The past two years have been Bad Movie manna for fans of deliriously cheesy sci-fi thrillers set in the near future.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
One of those outrageous, over-the-top comic book style movies, and as such, it's kinda fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Allan Ulrich
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The hypocrisy level is annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Buxom babes, big explosions, and black leather. Hey, pal, what more do you want?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Barb Wire isn't much when it comes to either deliberate or inadvertent humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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