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Barbarella Reviews

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Campy sci-fi cult classic features violence, nudity.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2014
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

December 27, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One of the most memorable of comic book adaptations ever conceived...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

June 5, 2013
Dan Geary
Total Film

Roger Vadim's ultra-kitsch sci-fi classic somehow improves with age.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

April 12, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 85/100

September 10, 2012
Paul Chambers

"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 Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: B

July 2, 2012
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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 Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2012
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

June 27, 2012
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2012
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Cheerfully catch-all.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 13, 2010


A kitsch cult classic.

Full Review Source: Film4

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 17, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/4

April 17, 2007
Variety Staff
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 17, 2007
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I just couldn't take my eyes off the screen.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

June 24, 2006

Time Out
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Terry Southern's dialogue occasionally sparkles, and the imaginative designs, as shot by Claude Renoir, look really splendid.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Renata Adler
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An awful film, certainly, but also undeniably watchable.

| Original Score: 1/5

April 7, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's fun in a 'What were they smoking?' kind of way.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2004
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