Conan the Barbarian - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Conan the Barbarian Reviews

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Chris Petit
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Match verdict: no goals, slow build-up, but much absorbing action off the ball.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
There is a real anticipation as Schwarzenegger is unveiled as the barbarian and sets off on the road to independence. But for whatever reasons, the actor has a minimum of dialog and fails to convey much about the character through his actions.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
No comic book stuff here: the film is dark and gloomy with excessive violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Larsen
August 11, 2011
...ironically undone by its star, a preening peacock eager to sow the seeds of self-parody with a well-placed camel punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 9, 2003
Let's face it: Arnold is well-cast. But the movie takes itself way too seriously.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 1, 2003
Too dull to be unintentionally funny.
| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 4, 2015
Following the release of the dreadful 2011 reboot, the original has been labeled a "classic," but let's not kid ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 23, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Conan the Barbarian is an extremely long, frequently incoherent, ineptly staged adventure-fantasy set in a prehistoric past.
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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
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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
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
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
A big, sweaty, pulpy adventure tale that's both exciting AND unintentionally amusing.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 21, 2003
Muddy and serious, but refreshing compared to other comic book movies.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Carlo Cavagna
January 1, 2000
A stirringly grandiose music-video epic
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...should appeal to most anyone with a bent for fantasy and swashbuckling derring-do.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
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