Barb Wire
Barb Wire (1996)

This quasi-feminist fantasy adventure is based on a popular Dark Horse comic and is set in a civil-war-torn United States. The year is 2017 and a Nazi-like Congressional Directorate has comandeered the government. The evil CD threatens to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 3, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 8, 1998
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Barb Wire could've been fun camp, but Pamela Anderson can't deliver her lines with any dramatic or comedic impact.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The irony of this style, with its high-swank grunge clutter, is that it's too dissociated to have coherence even as pop; we're always aware that we're watching sets being photographed.

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his cartoonlike starring vehicle for Pamela Anderson Lee offers enough choreographed fight sequences, heavy artillery and fleeting glimpses of the star's august body parts to satisfy the raging hormones of its target young male audience.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A lemon of a comic book movie with an uninteresting heroine, bad acting, and a bland humorless premise...

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The movie carries its cyberpunk variation right through to the end, and usually with enough wit and craziness to freshen the mix. Then, there is Pamela, whose tight, disciplined performance deserves more respect than it will almost certainly get.

Derek Adams
Time Out

The film's haphazardly edited, lacks narrative clout, and rambles on to a ludicrously extended conclusion.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a consistently inept and astonishingly dull actioner...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Its main source is a comic book, but it might as well be a computer.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Made with a wafer-thin stylishness that thinks dressing the Congressionals like storm troopers is creative, Barb Wire plods along, following one pro forma scene with the next.

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TV Guide

We used to complain about Hollywood travesties of great books; now we're reduced to kvetching about movies that cheapen the comic strips on which they're based.

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Flixster Audience Score: 14% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Back in the days when comicbook movie adaptations were generally wankadoodle and shrugged off within days of release, we got this. The ultra sexy, ultra tough… More
Jani H
"Barbara Kopetski died in the war. I'm Barb Wire." Back in '96, Pamela Anderson was the daydream of almost every young man. I'll have… More
Alex roy
Barb Wire is just an excuse for studio executives to fill their wallets by casting Pamela Anderson (who was still big back then) in a film that has little… More
Jason Spencer
It's basically Casablanca with boobs.
Martin Sahlin
I didn't see the whole movie.....cause it was so fucking bad
Dean King
Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson does a comic book film wearing a tight black outfit....was there a storyline?

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