Masters of the Universe Reviews

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Bob Morris
Orlando Sentinel
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.
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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
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Variety Staff
May 13, 2008
The result is a colossal bore.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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.
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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 10, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
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Walter Goodman
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Their weapons make a Fourth of July sparkler show, but they almost never hit anybody.
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Mark Salisbury
Time Out
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.
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
September 1, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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
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
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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

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

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
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
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
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