Red Sonja

1985

Red Sonja

Critics Consensus

Dull, poorly directed, and badly miscast, Red Sonja is an uninspired conclusion to Schwarzenegger's barbarian trilogy.

15%

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Total Count: 26

28%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 35,197
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Movie Info

Red Sonja is unwavering in her quest to avenge the murder of her family and wrestle an all-powerful, sacred talisman from the evil Queen Gedren.

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Cast

Sandahl Bergman
as Queen Gedren
Pat Roach
as Brytag
Donna Osterbuhr
as Kendra, the High Priestess
Lara Naszinski
as Gedren's Handmaid
Hans Meyer
as Red Sonja's Father
Francesca Romana Coluzzi
as Red Sonja's Mother
Stefano Mioni
as Barlok, Red Sonja's Brother
Tad Horino
as Swordmaster
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Critic Reviews for Red Sonja

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

  • None of this would matter if Red Sonja was the least bit exciting, or sexy, or even funny. Instead, it`s lumbering, oddly prim and laughable.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The dialogue passages don't exactly play like Noel Coward, but this is a movie that succeeds rousingly well on its own humble, Saturday-night terms.

    Jul 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Red Sonja returns to those olden days when women were women and the menfolk stood around with funny hats on until called forth to be whacked at.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Worst of all, there's a charmless brat prince for Sonja to take under her wing.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Mr. Fleischer brings absolutely no playfulness to what might, at least, have been enjoyably light. And he brings out the worst in a cast that was ill-chosen to begin with.

    May 20, 2003
  • The scene where Nielsen stands at the molten river border of the 'land of eternal night' looks particularly good.

    May 12, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Sonja

  • Sep 10, 2015
    A typical swords and sandals film with some device that has power to destroy the Earth so the plot is pretty old but the year the film was made it should of looked so much better as it looked very cheap, Arnold is under used and only appears to save the day and flex his muscles, Very poor sound editing and the fight scenes were nothing special, Not an Arnie film many will remember.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2013
    The third film in the Conan trilogy...well it pretty much was wasn't it. This film is directed by Richard Fleischer who also directed 'Conan the Destroyer', the same studio, Dino De Laurentiis Company, made all three films, Sandahl Bergman was in this film and 'Conan the Barbarian' and of course Arnie starred in all three. I mean lets be honest here, Arnie plays Lord Kalidor, the character is virtually a Conan clone, I dunno why they didn't just make him Conan and be done with it. I believe Sonja comes from the Conan universe originally (I may be wrong) so why not? I'm guessing there may have been copyright issues somewhere. So its the same story again for this fantasy adventure, need I describe the plot? A small band of goodies up against an evil baddie leader and all her baddie warriors who are all holed up in an intimidating fortress. Arnie rides around in his rather unattractive red sparkly jumpsuit (changes to a black number out of the blue half way through) whilst Nielsen sports a long red mullet cut, but she's still cute. This is suppose to be the weakest of the Arnie broadsword adventures but personally I don't see it. Its no worse than the other two and gives you just as much visual sorcery. In fact there's more fantasy stuff going on here than 'CtB', giant pet spiders, giant skeleton bridges, a metallic sea monster thingy and a silly 'Flash Gordon' style baddie wizard. This film boarders more on other films such as 'Krull' and a bit of 'Willow' in my opinion. Reasonable amounts of blood and limb chopping but not overkill. Everything looks a bit tacky later on in the film but again no worse than the other two films. Unfortunately there is an annoying kid in this film, kinda like Data from 'The Goonies' or Short Round from 'Temple of Doom' (same kid actor there), tends to give the film a more slapstick approach at times, 'Conan the Barbarian' was always the most grown up of the three. At this point I reckon Arnie was possibly getting worried he may end up typecast as a barbarian meathead in fantasy films. I can see why this was his last as all three of these films are very similar and not overly wonderful frankly. Still the musical score was always in good hands with Morricone at the helm, how did they manage that? As a kid I loved these films, nowadays the rose tinted shades can't quite save them, amusing and naff, oh and the baddie Queen is a lesbian. Oh yeah, the whole story is down to Sonja simply rejecting her advances at the start, fancy that.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2012
    Fantastic fantasy adventure movie, I loved it! Nielsen may not be the greatest actress ever on screen, but she is Sonja, she just is. All the characters around her are lovable and courageous. This movie is more than just swordplay and horses, it's got romance, comedy, and beautiful sets too. Very enjoyable film.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2012
    Red Sonja is a sword-and-sorcery film that attempts to capitalize on the popularity of the Conan series. Based on the works of Robert E. Howard, sword master Red Sonja sets out on a quest to destroy a talisman that an evil queen is using to destroy kingdoms. Newcomer Brigitte Nielsen leads the cast and is joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Unfortunately, most of the characters aren't very likable or compelling; particularly Red Sonja. The action sequences are fairly good and the film is quick paced, but the story is formulaic and stale. Red Sonja is little more than a generic adventure film that lacks originality.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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