Masters of the Universe Reviews

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 11, 2014

If not for the superb villainy of Frank Langella, who plays the evil Skeletor, Masters of the Universe would be as barren as an asteroid.

Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
July 11, 2014

Everyone knows how the battles will turn out. It`s what`s between them that raises Masters Of The Universe ever so slightly above the mediocre.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
July 11, 2014

With Masters of the Universe -- the latest numbskull entertainment from the creators of Castle Greyskull -- He-Man makes the transition from animation to live action. Taking a live actor along for the ride might have helped.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
July 11, 2014

A misfiring, underdone epic that takes its inspiration not from life or literature, but from a toy line and the cartoon series it inspired.

David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 11, 2014

It is exceedingly difficult to make convincing live-action versions of cult cartoon strips, and this big-screen version of the momentarily popular TV series is one of the least successful attempts.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Morris
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
July 11, 2014

If nothing else, we can probably thank Lundgren for ensuring that there will be no more Rambo movies in the near future because he has obviously depleted the world supply of body grease.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 6, 2012

It is by no means a masterpiece, but it still possesses some keen schlock value for fans of eighties cinema.

Empire Magazine
May 13, 2008

The first film to be based on a line of toys, this might not be the last, but it'd take something awful to replace it as the worst.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 13, 2008

There are some decent special effects, but overall it's about what you'd expect from a movie inspired by a line of toys.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Variety Staff
Top Critic
May 13, 2008

The result is a colossal bore.

Mark Salisbury
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

There are lots of flashes and bangs, but the effects are neither special nor camp enough to be more than vaguely amusing.

Clint Morris
May 12, 2005

Goddard does a good job of bringing the characters to life....a treat for the fans

| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Goodman
New York Times
Top Critic
May 21, 2003

Their weapons make a Fourth of July sparkler show, but they almost never hit anybody.

James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
November 7, 2002

Halfway through this live action version of the popular early 1980s kiddies TV show, I wondered what I had done wrong to deserve all this pain and suffering.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Stefan Birgir Stefansson
August 1, 2002


| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002

I'm not saying He-Man deserved all that brilliant of a movie ... but this thing's a freaking disaster.

| Original Score: 1/5
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Little kids at play have come up with craftier plots, better characterization and conceivably more spectacular effects -- provided their mothers let them play with matches.

Emanuel Levy
August 10, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
July 7, 2005

| Original Score: 1/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 10, 2004

| Original Score: 1/5
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