Flash Gordon
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Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming's goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash's story is mined here for… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The expensive new version of Flash Gordon is a lot more gaudy, and just as dumb, as the original series starring Buster Crabbe."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Is it fun? Yeah, sort of, it is."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is like a drug-induced sexy fever dream of what the 80s had turned into for much of science fiction cinema."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"I'm guessing nine out of ten people would rather watch the bearded, barrel-shaped Blessed--strapped to giant wings--bellow, 'Impetuous boy! Oh well, who wants to live forever? Diiiive!' than watch Olivier deliver 'To be or not to be...' [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film literally explodes with a festival of colors and opulent costume design. It lends the movie a majestic spilled-cocaine imprint that's unmistakable and urges the film into distinctive areas of presentation George Lucas could never follow"
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"A respectable time-waster."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There's plenty of colourful fun and an awful lot of men in tights. Don't listen to its pofaced detractors -- for sheer cinema fun, Flash Gordon can't be beaten."
‑ , Film4
"With gaudy sets and costumes by Fellini's favourite designer, Danilo Donati, and ultra-camp performances throughout, this is a film that positively revels in its cheesiness."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"a great camp classic"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"About the only thing that isn't red in this movie is the blood"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The narrative is a little plodding, but adult punters will soon slip back into areverie for the lost visions of Saturday morning cinema."
‑ , Time Out
"...a terminally underwhelming sci-fi epic that may keep small children amused, admittedly, but will leave adults bored to tears."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Sci-fi comic-strip movie is too violent for younger kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Taken solely as a pop wedge of cheese, it's beautifully realized. As for the empty-headed dialogue and the puerile plot, isn't it obvious those are both part of the point?"
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Young kids will probably enjoy this one, but anyone over 10 years old can forget it, as Lorenzo Semple's script pokes more fun at the audience's intelligence than at the story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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