Zardoz Reviews

October 2, 2019
[Zardoz] demonstrates how one can make a cheap sci-fi flick look like a cheap sci-fi flick by using mirrors and prisms as substitutes for imagination.
March 27, 2019
Probably John Boorman's most underrated film-an impossibly ambitious and pretentious but also highly inventive, provocative, and visually striking SF adventure.
April 2, 2018
Such a wildly ambitious misfire that you can't help but root for it, or at least feel some twisted sense of affection for it.
February 20, 2009
Zardoz is a futuristic, metaphysical and anthropological drama testing John Boorman in three creative areas. The results: direction, good; script, a brilliant premise which unfortunately washes out in climactic sound and fury; and production, outstanding.
February 9, 2006
The script gradually falls apart into a mess of philosophical pottage under the whimsically pretentious Tolkien influence. But visually the film remains a sparkling display of fireworks, brilliantly shot and directed.
May 9, 2005
As an exercise in futuristic abstractions, Zardoz... is science-fiction that rarely succeeds in fulfilling its ambitious promises.
October 23, 2004
Boorman puts a lot of heavy concepts into Zardoz, but seems uncertain whether he takes them seriously himself.