Red Sonja
Red Sonja (1985)

Brigitte Nielsen appears as warrior woman Sonja, who unites with a couple of other gladiator types (including Arnold Schwarzenegger) to overthrow the evil queen Gedren (Sandahl Bergman) and avenge the deaths of Sonja's family. This… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 3, 1985
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dull, poorly directed, and badly miscast, Red Sonja is an uninspired conclusion to Schwarzenegger's barbarian trilogy.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

None of this would matter if Red Sonja was the least bit exciting, or sexy, or even funny. Instead, it`s lumbering, oddly prim and laughable.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Worst of all, there's a charmless brat prince for Sonja to take under her wing.

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If you are rapt by swollen muscles, heaving bosoms, swordplay and a tirade of hammy, fantasy claptrap, the woefulness of this film won't put you off.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The dialogue passages don't exactly play like Noel Coward, but this is a movie that succeeds rousingly well on its own humble, Saturday-night terms.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Fleischer brings absolutely no playfulness to what might, at least, have been enjoyably light. And he brings out the worst in a cast that was ill-chosen to begin with.

People Magazine

The title sounds as if this movie is about a communist spy, or maybe a new flower. No such luck.

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Variety Staff

Red Sonja returns to those olden days when women were women and the menfolk stood around with funny hats on until called forth to be whacked at.

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Jo Berry
Radio Times

This is a sword-and-sorcery adventure for those who like their action fast and furious, their dialogue ropey and their acting filled with more ham than a butcher's shop.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film is at least as good as Conan the Destroyer. Which is faint praise, indeed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The third film in the Conan trilogy...well it pretty much was wasn't it. This film is directed by Richard Fleischer who also directed 'Conan the… More
Curtis Lilly
It's sad to find out that this movie came out as late as 1985. Other films of superior quality such as Willow had already come out, leaving this movie to… More
Aj V
Fantastic fantasy adventure movie, I loved it! Nielsen may not be the greatest actress ever on screen, but she is Sonja, she just is. All the characters… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Boy did Nielsen seriously worn out more quicly than a pair of running shoes. This cheese already smelled back in those days, but it did have some fun parts.
Tim Salmons
Terrible flick, but fun to watch and snicker at.
Kylie B
Vocal performances aren't impressive (most sound like they're reading the lines off an autocue) but you can get into the story if you ignore it. I… More