Spaceballs Reviews

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January 18, 2011
The jokes about the more calculating aspects of George Lucas's franchise are particularly telling. Remember, the Schwartz will be with you always.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 18, 2011
The crew flings itself energetically through space in search of laughs, but it will never penetrate the galaxy where Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein traced their giddy orbits.

Empire Magazine
January 18, 2011
Unforgiveable then, unforgiveable now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 18, 2011
It's mostly forced humor all the way, a movie that rarely measures up to adequate kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
January 18, 2011
The film's low-tech styling is roughly the cardboard inversion of the cinematic machines it parodies, and Brooks seems less inclined than usual to push the overkill urges too far.
Paul Trandahl
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Goofy parody mocks the Star Wars series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 23, 2010
Ainda que não consiga recapturar a acidez e a inteligência de seus esforços da primeira fase da carreira, Brooks consegue divertir graças a algumas belas sacadas e ao simples conceito de Moranis como Dark Helmet.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 19, 2009
This is possibly the last great film that Mel Brooks directed
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 28, 2009
Despite the dirty jokes hidden in plain sight ('Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz!'), Spaceballs is a PG-rated comedy that makes silliness sublime. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Mel Brooks will do anything for a laugh. Unfortunately, what he does in Spaceballs, a misguided parody of the Star Wars adventures, isn't very funny.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 14, 2007
Mel Brooks trashes Star Wars; very funny
| Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Typically, the best conceits end in pratfalls, and non-Brooks fans may find that the gravitational pull towards the thumpingly obvious outweighs the wit.
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
One of the few screwball comedies that everyone must experience at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2005
Most jokes have a forced quality, but there's something gleefully self-aware about them, like the vaudeville comedian whose act consists of telling bad jokes and laughing at them, but doing it all with exquisite timing.
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
May 3, 2005
Brooks displays an obvious affection for the sci-fi stuff he's spoofing, which helps the laughs to flow forth a whole lot easier.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
April 25, 2005
Brooks jumped the shark with Spaceballs
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jesse Hassenger
February 1, 2005
at its best, plays like the action in Star Wars, awakening a sense of pure enjoyment of movies
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Absurdist 'Star Wars' parody; Brooks at his near wildest
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If it isn't likely to generate what Mr. Brooks himself refers to as 'Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money, neither is it anything less than gentle, harmless satire that occasionally has real bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 18, 2003
More proof that filmmaker Mel Brooks misplaced his sense of humor after the 1970s.
| Original Score: 1/5
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