Conan the Barbarian - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Conan the Barbarian Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 26, 2013
essential 80s cinema with some amazing elements, including the unflinching violence for the time and the brilliant score by Basil Poledouris
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
May 14, 2012
Its magnificence stems from the very properties we should be condemning with all our might.
Full Review | Original Score: A
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
A classic tale is told through fascinating visuals, cheesy characters and good old fashioned muscle-bound strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 22, 2011
A film that only wants to be described by the single adjective "awesome", though "epic" would do in a pinch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Emanuel Levy
August 19, 2011
This primitive, mythic epic catapulted Schwarzenegger to movie stardom after being a famous body-builder.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fernando F. Croce
November 17, 2009
Visualizing Robert E. Howard's creation in the midst of the Reagan era is an offer the auteur can't refuse
Steve Crum
July 17, 2008
OK sandals and loin cloth muscle adventure...which made Arnold a star.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 28, 2005
Balls-to-the-wall swordplay flicks don't get much better than this
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
A big, sweaty, pulpy adventure tale that's both exciting AND unintentionally amusing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
December 7, 2004
When it comes to the great lines (and mottos) of cinema, it doesn't get much better than this.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Not since Bambi's mother was killed has there been a cannier movie for kids than Conan the Barbarian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Arnold's first real movie (not counting Hercules and The Villain). Very serious, needs more humor, but a good debut.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 21, 2003
Muddy and serious, but refreshing compared to other comic book movies.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Schwarzenegger has probably never been better-cast.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
September 3, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremiah Kipp
January 27, 2002
John Milius is skilled at allowing his story to unfold as though you were reading a pulp novel, never letting you get bored. He always throws something at you that's reminiscent of the best in fantasy novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Even 17 years after its release, Conan the Barbarian still weaves a spell capable of ensorcelling fans of fantasy adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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