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
Variety
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
| 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
LarsenOnFilm
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
ReelViews
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
CinePassion
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
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
A big, sweaty, pulpy adventure tale that's both exciting AND unintentionally amusing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
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
Filmcritic.com
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
AboutFilm.com
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
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