The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

Despite mixed reviews and a disastrous initial release that dumped the film into theaters for a week in the midst of the 1984 Summer Olympics, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension went on to become one of the major… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A state-of-the-art spaceship flying at the speed of light without narrative coordinates, Buckaroo Banzai is the very oddest good movie in many a full moon.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film gives you the mildly annoying sensation of being left out of a not very good private joke.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

There are fun fripperies to be found on the fringe of "Buckaroo's" free-for-all. But like the bells and whistles of a garish pinball game, they are but momentarily enjoyable distractions on a machine that was destined to tilt from the get-go.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Richter's comic genre hybrid comes complete with its own mythology, and team of established superheroes, and is curiously appealing.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Buckaroo Banzai may well turn out to be a pilot film for other theatrical features, though this one would be hard to top for pure, nutty fun.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Off-the-wall and incoherent but colorful and eccentric, this satire, benefiting from a great cast, became a cult item.

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Variety

It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.

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Rob Vaux
Mania.com

A one-film franchise that never was, too daft and marvelous to expand any further.

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Luke Y. Thompson
Geekweek

It's a whole lot of thought put into a movie in which not very much happens.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Insane Dr. Lizado and his alien allies try to steal the secret of eighth dimensional travel from neurosurgeon/secret agent Buckaroo Banzai and his band of rock… More
Tim Salmons
Not the classic I was expecting. I spent much of the time trying to figure out who was who and what was going on. I still enjoyed it, nonetheless.
AJ Verser
This is a wacky sci-fi adventure comedy movie that's so strange you're not sure what genre it really belongs to or why they made the movie in the… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
This movie tried to be so many things, with it's shocking assortment of characters and weird aliens. I couldn't get into much of it. Some hilights… More
Jacob Ethington
This movie definitely falls into the cult film category. Definitely hit or miss, but I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. Give it a shot.
xGary Xx
Bizarre sci-fi/action/comedy that's got a tremendous cast but no structure or cohesive narrative to speak of. Self-conciously surreal, but never funny and… More

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