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A voluptuous outer space agent travels to another galaxy in search of a missing inventor in this science fiction send-up. Barbarella (Jane Fonda), an interstellar representative of the united Earth government in the 41st century, is dispatched to locate scientist Durand Durand, whose positronic ray, if not recovered, could signal the end of humanity. Outfitted in an array of stunning Star Trek/Bond girl outfits and cruising around in a plush, psychedelic spaceship, Barbarella travels to the Tau Seti system and promptly crash-lands. She then spends the rest of the film discovering the joys of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is ugly on so many levels -- from art direction to human values -- that it's hard to know where to begin."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Throughout the movie, there is the assumption that just mentioning a thing (sex, politics, religion) makes it funny and that mentioning it in some offensive context makes it funnier."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Campy sci-fi cult classic features violence, nudity."
‑ Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
"Roger Vadim's ultra-kitsch sci-fi classic somehow improves with age."
‑ Dan Geary, Total Film
"Barbarella couldn't exist in any era but the 1960s and its delightful over-the-top qualities find an ideal expression in the ridiculous excesses of the time."
‑ Rob Vaux, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Despite a certain amount of production dash and polish and a few silly-funny lines of dialog, Barbarella isn't very much of a film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's fun in a 'What were they smoking?' kind of way."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A Flash Gordon-meets-Oz kitsch-fest stripping women's sexual revolution down to voyeuristic spectacle, flimsily dressed in cheap, see-through, psychedelic B-movie garb. Vadim imbues most scenes with a faux-arty lethargy that slumps into stiltedness."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
" a lot of truly terrible things from the '60s, Barbarella has acquired the patina of the cult classic, which means that as the cultural context has changed we are able to enjoy it for reasons other than those intended by the filmmakers"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Clearly inspired by 1960s Batmania, the hunka hunka burning camp that is Barbarella adapted French science-fiction comic books into gleefully oversexed cinematic pop art. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Terry Southern's dialogue occasionally sparkles, and the imaginative designs, as shot by Claude Renoir, look really splendid."
‑ , Time Out
"Fonda looks sensational and glides through this romp like a dazed, ripe-to-the- touch innocent."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most memorable of comic book adaptations ever conceived..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
""Barbarella" is the 1968 sci-fi that made Jane Fonda a household name. The opening credits feature a striptease that takes Fonda from a cumbersome space suit to her birthday suit. Her sex kitten looks were enough to drive young men crazy."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Without Jane Fonda, there isn't much to talk about. Yet with her, the film is enjoyable to watch, not only because she is so appealing to look at but because she has such a flair for the role."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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