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Barbarella Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 10, 2012 a lot of truly terrible things from the '60s, Barbarella has acquired the patina of the cult classic, which means that as the cultural context has changed we are able to enjoy it for reasons other than those intended by the filmmakers
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013
A Flash Gordon-meets-Oz kitsch-fest stripping women's sexual revolution down to voyeuristic spectacle, flimsily dressed in cheap, see-through, psychedelic B-movie garb. Vadim imbues most scenes with a faux-arty lethargy that slumps into stiltedness.
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Variety Staff
April 17, 2007
Despite a certain amount of production dash and polish and a few silly-funny lines of dialog, Barbarella isn't very much of a film.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 27, 2012
Without Jane Fonda, there isn't much to talk about. Yet with her, the film is enjoyable to watch, not only because she is so appealing to look at but because she has such a flair for the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
It is an extravagant exercise in bad taste and camp. While it tries to intentionally funny, some of the humour merely falls flat on its face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
Not that the film itself isn't funny, it most definitely is, but it is a formless mass of crazy one-liners and ridiculous situations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
November 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 7, 2005
An awful film, certainly, but also undeniably watchable.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Renata Adler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Throughout the movie, there is the assumption that just mentioning a thing (sex, politics, religion) makes it funny and that mentioning it in some offensive context makes it funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2007
The film is ugly on so many levels -- from art direction to human values -- that it's hard to know where to begin.

TV Guide
April 17, 2007
Most of this is soft-core nonsense, but snappy dialogue and design -- as well as the striptease routine that Fonda performs behind the opening credits -- have made it something of a cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dan Geary
Total Film
April 12, 2013
Roger Vadim's ultra-kitsch sci-fi classic somehow improves with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
June 17, 2014
Campy sci-fi cult classic features violence, nudity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
May 11, 2003
Why did Jane make a film like this? Even she does not know herself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Chambers
July 2, 2012
"Barbarella" is the 1968 sci-fi that made Jane Fonda a household name. The opening credits feature a striptease that takes Fonda from a cumbersome space suit to her birthday suit. Her sex kitten looks were enough to drive young men crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott Weinberg
September 3, 2002
Cheesy, campy, sexy and frequently quite entertaining ... at least in a purely visual sense!
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 1, 2002
A valentine to the soft-core lover in all of us, and proof that on some levels, Jane Fonda will never be taken seriously.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page
July 2, 2012
Barbarella couldn't exist in any era but the 1960s and its delightful over-the-top qualities find an ideal expression in the ridiculous excesses of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
July 12, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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