Barb Wire
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Set in the year 2017, Barb Wire takes place after democracy has fallen and a fascist military junta has taken over the U.S. government, plotting to wipe out the country with Red Ribbon, a laboratory-manufactured disease derived from the AIDS virus. The entire test city of Topeka has been annihilated, and only the small bastion of Steel Harbor remains the last free zone in the country, conveniently the home of the title heroine Pamela Lee. Barb, a leather-clad, silicon-stretched motorcycle mama, happens to carry antibodies for Red Ribbon in her DNA, thus making her an enemy of the state. She… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The irony of this style, with its high-swank grunge clutter, is that it's too dissociated to have coherence even as pop; we're always aware that we're watching sets being photographed."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"his cartoonlike starring vehicle for Pamela Anderson Lee offers enough choreographed fight sequences, heavy artillery and fleeting glimpses of the star's august body parts to satisfy the raging hormones of its target young male audience."
‑ , Variety
"A lemon of a comic book movie with an uninteresting heroine, bad acting, and a bland humorless premise..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There isn't a scene that Anderson-Lee walks through that didn't grab my attention."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Don't bother."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"The movie carries its cyberpunk variation right through to the end, and usually with enough wit and craziness to freshen the mix. Then, there is Pamela, whose tight, disciplined performance deserves more respect than it will almost certainly get."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The film's haphazardly edited, lacks narrative clout, and rambles on to a ludicrously extended conclusion."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"...a consistently inept and astonishingly dull actioner..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The most inane and inept hootfest (or, for that matter, hooterfest) to hit the big screen since Showgirls."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The focus remains on Lee throughout, and (except for one flashback scene, in which we see the young, compassionate woman she once was) she pretty much delivers."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Its main source is a comic book, but it might as well be a computer."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Made with a wafer-thin stylishness that thinks dressing the Congressionals like storm troopers is creative, Barb Wire plods along, following one pro forma scene with the next."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"We used to complain about Hollywood travesties of great books; now we're reduced to kvetching about movies that cheapen the comic strips on which they're based."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"After a while [the] novelty wears off."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"The past two years have been Bad Movie manna for fans of deliriously cheesy sci-fi thrillers set in the near future."
‑ Edward Margulies, Movieline
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