Masters of the Universe
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Dolph Lundgren stars in this live-action film version of the popular television cartoon series (based on a collection of Mattel action figures). Lundgren is He-Man, a well-muscled super-hero, battling the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) for control of the universe. Skeletor has designs on conquering the planet Eternia, a ravaged utopia ruled over by the Sorceress of Greyskull Castle (Christina Pickles). He-Man is summoned to stop Skeletor's plans. But when the wily dwarf Gwildor (Billy Barty) utilizes his Cosmic Key, He-Man and Skeletor finds themselves transported to California. There, a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everyone knows how the battles will turn out. It`s what`s between them that raises Masters Of The Universe ever so slightly above the mediocre."
‑ Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
"If nothing else, we can probably thank Lundgren for ensuring that there will be no more Rambo movies in the near future because he has obviously depleted the world supply of body grease."
‑ Bob Morris, Orlando Sentinel
"If not for the superb villainy of Frank Langella, who plays the evil Skeletor, Masters of the Universe would be as barren as an asteroid."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The first film to be based on a line of toys, this might not be the last, but it'd take something awful to replace it as the worst."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Halfway through this live action version of the popular early 1980s kiddies TV show, I wondered what I had done wrong to deserve all this pain and suffering."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"With Masters of the Universe -- the latest numbskull entertainment from the creators of Castle Greyskull -- He-Man makes the transition from animation to live action. Taking a live actor along for the ride might have helped."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The result is a colossal bore."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It is exceedingly difficult to make convincing live-action versions of cult cartoon strips, and this big-screen version of the momentarily popular TV series is one of the least successful attempts."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"There are some decent special effects, but overall it's about what you'd expect from a movie inspired by a line of toys."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"A misfiring, underdone epic that takes its inspiration not from life or literature, but from a toy line and the cartoon series it inspired."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"There are lots of flashes and bangs, but the effects are neither special nor camp enough to be more than vaguely amusing."
‑ Mark Salisbury, Time Out
"It is by no means a masterpiece, but it still possesses some keen schlock value for fans of eighties cinema."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Goddard does a good job of bringing the characters to life....a treat for the fans"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"I'm not saying He-Man deserved all that brilliant of a movie ... but this thing's a freaking disaster."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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