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Spaceballs Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
How do you review a movie like this, anyway? I guess by saying whether you laughed or not. I did laugh, but not enough to recommend the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Mel Brooks will do anything for a laugh. Unfortunately, what he does in Spaceballs, a misguided parody of the Star Wars adventures, isn't very funny.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 9, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 11, 2001
It's sad, really, seeing once-great comic genius in decline.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 18, 2011
The crew flings itself energetically through space in search of laughs, but it will never penetrate the galaxy where Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein traced their giddy orbits.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
The best shot is the opening shot of a giant ominous spaceship floating through space like in the opening shot in Star Wars with a bumper sticker proclaiming "We brake for no-one." Thereafter it doesn't get much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 18, 2003
More proof that filmmaker Mel Brooks misplaced his sense of humor after the 1970s.
| Original Score: 1/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
April 25, 2005
Brooks jumped the shark with Spaceballs
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The jokes in the films are all pretty much in the same vein -- you might call it borsch-belt postmodern -- and they're all on about the same level, too.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
less funny than most of the movies it spoofs
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Typically, the best conceits end in pratfalls, and non-Brooks fans may find that the gravitational pull towards the thumpingly obvious outweighs the wit.

TV Guide
January 18, 2011
It's mostly forced humor all the way, a movie that rarely measures up to adequate kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Empire Magazine
January 18, 2011
Unforgiveable then, unforgiveable now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Trandahl
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Goofy parody mocks the Star Wars series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
One of the few screwball comedies that everyone must experience at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Mel Brooks at his madcap finest. A generation of 1980s kids worship the film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
May 3, 2005
Brooks displays an obvious affection for the sci-fi stuff he's spoofing, which helps the laughs to flow forth a whole lot easier.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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