The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)




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Despite mixed reviews and a disastrous initial release that dumped the film into theaters for a week in the midst of the 1984 Summer Olympics, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension went on to become one of the major cult films of the 1980s, developing a rabid following after its release on videotape. Drifting between satire and improbable sci-fi adventure, the film stars Peter Weller as Buckaroo Banzai, the son of an American mother and Japanese father who is a combination … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Earl Mac Rauch
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On DVD: Jan 4, 2002


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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (5)

A state-of-the-art spaceship flying at the speed of light without narrative coordinates, Buckaroo Banzai is the very oddest good movie in many a full moon.

Full Review… | August 20, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Richter's comic genre hybrid comes complete with its own mythology, and team of established superheroes, and is curiously appealing.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Top Critic

Buckaroo Banzai may well turn out to be a pilot film for other theatrical features, though this one would be hard to top for pure, nutty fun.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A one-film franchise that never was, too daft and marvelous to expand any further.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014

There are fun fripperies to be found on the fringe of "Buckaroo's" free-for-all. But like the bells and whistles of a garish pinball game, they are but momentarily enjoyable distractions on a machine that was destined to tilt from the get-go.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai


The cult movie that no one initially saw. Of course, this insane mix of Science-fiction, comedy and pretty much everything else did not age well. Even back then there was no budget. The handmade creature and make-up-effects do have a certain charm and are definitely unique. The plot, if you even wanna call it that, may not make all that much sense but it's fun. The movie is already worth checking out to see which star you can spot in it in their early years. The end credits and song are so endearing and fun you instantly want to rewatch it. Everyone was hopeful to start a franchise, which never happened, but we'll always have this insane piece of work.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Insane Dr. Lizado and his alien allies try to steal the secret of eighth dimensional travel from neurosurgeon/secret agent Buckaroo Banzai and his band of rock and roll scientists. It's pleasantly campy and crazy and features some great throwaway lines; the one problem is that star Peter Weller is far too reserved to play the larger-than-life Buckaroo. Jeff Goldblum is underutilized as a New Jersey cowboy sidekick; if the casting department had switched Weller and Glodblum's roles they could have made a masterpiece.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

This is a wacky sci-fi adventure comedy movie that's so strange you're not sure what genre it really belongs to or why they made the movie in the first place. It stars a lot of good actors, and they do an alright job, but the story is confusing and like I said, very odd. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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