The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Most of the jokes that might have seemed jolly fun on stage now appear obvious and even flat. The sparkle's gone."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Viewed on video simply as a movie, without the midnight sideshow, it's cheerful and silly, and kind of sweet, and forgettable."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's like art-rockers Roxy Music let loose on Frankenstein - ludicrous, but oddly compelling. And it even stars Meat Loaf."
‑ , Total Film
"The film itself is a lot of fun -- but the audience-participation phenomenon has turned it into a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the greatest motion pictures ever made."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ‹berCinť
"The wit is too weak to sustain a film, and the songs all sound the same."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"a lot of fun for fans of the science fiction and horror genres"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A great midnight movie experience in the theaters, but the film itself is a bit of a bore."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Best seen with wild crowd at midnight. Otherwise, nope."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"A very good film in its own right; it's a triumph of clever filmmaking by Jim Sharman, who should have gone on to bigger things."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A string of hummable songs gives it momentum, Gray's admirably straight-faced narrator holds it together, and a run on black lingerie takes care of almost everything else."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One hundred minutes of pure queer celebration that manages to concoct a bizarre cocktail of sincerity and reckless abandon."
‑ Andy Tweddle, Little White Lies
"Like the hugely successful B-Movie that inspired it, Harry Novak's 1965 sexploitation classic "Kiss Me Quick!" "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is an exploitation film that draws on a grab-bag of social identifiers to expand on conventional hypocrisies..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"If that's your kind of movie, you're in for a real treat."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"I'm betting most fans have never really watched the film, they being distracted by the parade of guys in fishnets and flying toast."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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