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Barbarella Reviews

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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
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
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2002
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
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

It is an extravagant exercise in bad taste and camp. While it tries to intentionally funny, some of the humour merely falls flat on its face.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Not that the film itself isn't funny, it most definitely is, but it is a formless mass of crazy one-liners and ridiculous situations.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 29, 2003
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

| Original Score: 1/5

November 20, 2003
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An awful film, certainly, but also undeniably watchable.

| Original Score: 1/5

April 7, 2005
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
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
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
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
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

Why did Jane make a film like this? Even she does not know herself.

Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International | Original Score: B+

May 11, 2003
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
Scott Weinberg

Cheesy, campy, sexy and frequently quite entertaining ... at least in a purely visual sense!

| Original Score: 3.5/5

September 3, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A valentine to the soft-core lover in all of us, and proof that on some levels, Jane Fonda will never be taken seriously.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2002
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
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 3/5

July 12, 2008
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