Critics Consensus

People hate Highlander because it's cheesy, bombastic, and absurd. And people love it for the same reasons.



Total Count: 34
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Among humans for centuries, an immortal specie existed. Connor MacLeod is a member of this specie. Unaware of his powers, he is unable to explain his revival after his apparent death in a clan-fight in the 15th century. This convinces the superstitious villagers to stone him and drive him out of the village. He then encounters another one of his kind, Ramirez, who indoctrinates him in the ways of the immortals. The only way these "immortals" can die is by having their heads cut off. Given the credo that there can only be one, you can imagine a race where everyone tries to chop everyone else's head off. Of course, in such a race, there'll be factions, and MacLeod and Ramirez are one side battling the forces of evil immortals who want to take over the planet and wreak destruction on it.

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Christopher Lambert
as Connor MacLeod
Sean Connery
as Ramirez
Roxanne Hart
as Brenda J. Wyatt
Beatie Edney
as Heather
Alan North
as Lt. Frank Moran
Jon Polito
as Detective Walter Bedsoe
Sheila Gish
as Rachel Ellenstein
Alistair Findley
as Chief Murdoch
Hugh Quarshie
as Sunda Kastagir
Christopher Malcolm
as Kirk Matunas
Billy Hartman
as Dugal MacLeod
James Cosmo
as Angus MacLeod
Alistair Findlay
as Chief Murdoch
Edward Wiley
as Garfield
James McKenna
as Father Rainey
Ed Wiley
as Garfield
Sion Tudor Owen
as Hotchkiss
Gordon Sterne
as Dr. Willis Kenderly
Ron Berglas
as Erik Powell
Louis Guss
as Newsvendor
Ted Maynard
as Newscaster
Nicola Ramsey
as Rachel as a Girl
Waldo Roeg
as German Soldier
Anthony Mannino
as Boisterous Drunk
Helena Stevens
as Old Woman in Car
Frank Dux
as Old Man in Car
Prince Howell
as Drunk in Hotel
Ian Tyler
as Lab Technician
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Critic Reviews for Highlander

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

  • It's all here, folks: fancy wipes, expressionistic angles, quick-cut close-ups, stylized backlighting, camera moving in endless illogic.

    Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Lambert, with his beetle brow, broken nose, and vaguely crossed eyes, remains an amiable oddball presence, and Sean Connery radiates charm and nobility in a bit as an elder immortal who shows Lambert the rules of the game.

    Jun 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's a lot of utterly preposterous fun, even if it doesn't quite hang together.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Since none of the characters makes sense even on the movie's own terms, Highlander keeps on exploding for almost two hours, with nothing at stake.

    May 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A truly heroic stomp through time and space.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Matt Ford

    Top Critic
  • It's easy to see why many love this picture (great premise, fine action scenes, a score by Queen, Connery) but just as easy to see why many despise it (cheesy production values, stone-faced Lambert, ludicrous supporting characters, thudding dialogue).

    Oct 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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