Xanadu (1980)



Critic Consensus: Not even spandex and over-the-top musical numbers can save Xanadu from questionable acting, unimpressive effects, and a story unencumbered by logic.


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In this film, the mysterious Kira (Olivia Newton-John) appears to assist and inspire a young artist, Sonny Malone (Michael Beck). When she helps him meet up with the rich Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), the two join up together to create an artistic and business success, an unique club called "Xanadu."

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Critic Reviews for Xanadu

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (3)

The acting is wooden, the direction and cinematography confused, the special effects largely out of place, the dramatic interest nonexistent.

Apr 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Xanadu is a mushy and limp musical fantasy, so insubstantial it keeps evaporating before our eyes.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Here's another musical mishap that landed on Creative Loafing's list of The 10 Worst Rock Films Ever Made, taking the #3 slot just under Staying Alive and the champ, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Mar 12, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Yup. This movie is stupid.

May 12, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Look at Xanadu with an eye toward storytelling superiority and your head will explode. To appreciate the madness within, one must take in the blinding neon sights with an open heart and at least one nostril-coating line of cocaine.

Jun 29, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While the movie is every bit as garish and overly shellacked as the other bomb musicals of its era, at least this one looks like irresponsible amounts of money were thrown around.

Jun 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Xanadu

This horribly dated 1980 fantasy is such a trashy mess with no structure that it doesn't surprise me that the script was written during filming, and even if it has some (few) nice songs, it is shocking how they threw so much money into something that looks so tacky and cheap.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Okay, it won't win any awards, but it's fun and it has a good soundtrack. That Dancin' sound is seriously stuck in my head. Why is this soundtrack not on iTunes?? The guy is seriously miscast as a romantic lead, though. They really should have had a rethink on that one. Maybe that's some of the failure with this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Deliciously bad and campy. An absolute delight!

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

This movie is generally regarded as one of the worst movies ever, but it does have some good music, so I gave it one star.

Aj V
Aj V

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