The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
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 cult films of the 1980s, developing a rabid following after its release on videotape. Drifting between satire and improbable sci-fi adventure, the film stars Peter Weller as Buckaroo Banzai, the son of an American mother and Japanese father who is a combination physicist, neurosurgeon, martial arts master, secret agent, and rock star who travels with his band… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The film gives you the mildly annoying sensation of being left out of a not very good private joke."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A genuine cult movie: imaginative and endearingly naff."
‑ , Film4
"There's so much going on here and so much fun to be had, I've never really been sure what the plot was."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Richter's comic genre hybrid comes complete with its own mythology, and team of established superheroes, and is curiously appealing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Off-the-wall and incoherent but colorful and eccentric, this satire, benefiting from a great cast, became a cult item."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Buckaroo Banzai is like decades of escapist pulp filtered through the skeptic's shrug of the mid-'80s."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Completely out-of-control and one of a kind"
‑ Eric Melin,
"It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own."
‑ , Variety
"A one-film franchise that never was, too daft and marvelous to expand any further."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"It's a whole lot of thought put into a movie in which not very much happens."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Geekweek
"Punch lines appear without set-ups and set-ups without punch lines. Characters come and go with such bewildering speed that it is virtually impossible to keep track of the story, which jumps around enough to induce motion sickness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An offbeat movie with a gee-whiz approach to popular culture."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

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