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With the ultimate throw-down -- "There can be only one" -- Highlander captured the imaginations of fantasy fans seeking a well-executed swordplay epic, becoming a cult classic in the process. Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is one of a waning few survivors of a clan of immortals. The breed have been dueling each other for centuries in the quest to be the last one remaining, and hence achieve a supreme enlightenment that would be dangerous in the wrong hands. The immortals can only die by decapitation, so they hunt each other over the centuries and across continents to meet for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lambert, with his beetle brow, broken nose, and vaguely crossed eyes, remains an amiable oddball presence, and Sean Connery radiates charm and nobility in a bit as an elder immortal who shows Lambert the rules of the game."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A bit clumsy in spots, but Highlander is a thoroughly entertaining action-fantasy picture."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Don't go in expecting too much and you should be ok."
‑ Chris Hewitt (UK), Empire Magazine
""There can only be one!" And that's one too many."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of the all time greatest B-Movies!"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"It's a lot of utterly preposterous fun, even if it doesn't quite hang together."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"OK fantasy adventure film that has achieved cult status to many."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Highlander's plot is one of the most original ever filmed."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Another example of a decent first film that led to a mediocre series. Great performances from Connery and Brown."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"For me, the worst movie of the 1980s."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Since none of the characters makes sense even on the movie's own terms, Highlander keeps on exploding for almost two hours, with nothing at stake."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"Connery, on the other hand, is a welcome sight. It is director Russell Mulcahy's style that doesn't work here."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Great concept + sharp-edged weapons + Connery = enduring fantasy classic."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"A terrific idea, taken about as far as it can go. Why, oh why, did they start making sequels?"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"It is a silly film, but it is fun to watch."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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