Barbarella Reviews

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
June 17, 2014
Campy sci-fi cult classic features violence, nudity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013
A Flash Gordon-meets-Oz kitsch-fest stripping women's sexual revolution down to voyeuristic spectacle, flimsily dressed in cheap, see-through, psychedelic B-movie garb. Vadim imbues most scenes with a faux-arty lethargy that slumps into stiltedness.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 5, 2013
One of the most memorable of comic book adaptations ever conceived...
Dan Geary
Total Film
April 12, 2013
Roger Vadim's ultra-kitsch sci-fi classic somehow improves with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 10, 2012 a lot of truly terrible things from the '60s, Barbarella has acquired the patina of the cult classic, which means that as the cultural context has changed we are able to enjoy it for reasons other than those intended by the filmmakers
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Paul Chambers
July 2, 2012
"Barbarella" is the 1968 sci-fi that made Jane Fonda a household name. The opening credits feature a striptease that takes Fonda from a cumbersome space suit to her birthday suit. Her sex kitten looks were enough to drive young men crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page
July 2, 2012
Barbarella couldn't exist in any era but the 1960s and its delightful over-the-top qualities find an ideal expression in the ridiculous excesses of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 29, 2012
Clearly inspired by 1960s Batmania, the hunka hunka burning camp that is Barbarella adapted French science-fiction comic books into gleefully oversexed cinematic pop art. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 27, 2012
Without Jane Fonda, there isn't much to talk about. Yet with her, the film is enjoyable to watch, not only because she is so appealing to look at but because she has such a flair for the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
April 16, 2012
Emblematic of a freewheeling, free love culture that never really existed, it's a true camp classic, a unique amalgamation of pulp themes and a pseudo-historical treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 13, 2010
Cheerfully catch-all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 13, 2010
A kitsch cult classic.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2007
The film is ugly on so many levels -- from art direction to human values -- that it's hard to know where to begin.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 17, 2007
Most of this is soft-core nonsense, but snappy dialogue and design -- as well as the striptease routine that Fonda performs behind the opening credits -- have made it something of a cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Variety Staff
April 17, 2007
Despite a certain amount of production dash and polish and a few silly-funny lines of dialog, Barbarella isn't very much of a film.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 24, 2006
I just couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Terry Southern's dialogue occasionally sparkles, and the imaginative designs, as shot by Claude Renoir, look really splendid.
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Renata Adler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Throughout the movie, there is the assumption that just mentioning a thing (sex, politics, religion) makes it funny and that mentioning it in some offensive context makes it funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 7, 2005
An awful film, certainly, but also undeniably watchable.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2004
It's fun in a 'What were they smoking?' kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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