Barbarella (1968)

A voluptuous outer space agent travels to another galaxy in search of a missing inventor in this science fiction send-up. Barbarella (Jane Fonda), an interstellar representative of the united Earth government in the 41st century, is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 10, 1968
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unevenly paced and thoroughly cheesy, Barbarella is nonetheless full of humor, entertaining visuals, and Jane Fonda's sex appeal.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is ugly on so many levels -- from art direction to human values -- that it's hard to know where to begin.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

Throughout the movie, there is the assumption that just mentioning a thing (sex, politics, religion) makes it funny and that mentioning it in some offensive context makes it funnier.

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Campy sci-fi cult classic features violence, nudity.

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Variety Staff

Despite a certain amount of production dash and polish and a few silly-funny lines of dialog, Barbarella isn't very much of a film.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's fun in a 'What were they smoking?' kind of way.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A Flash Gordon-meets-Oz kitsch-fest stripping women's sexual revolution down to voyeuristic spectacle, flimsily dressed in cheap, see-through, psychedelic B-movie garb. Vadim imbues most scenes with a faux-arty lethargy that slumps into stiltedness.

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Time Out

Terry Southern's dialogue occasionally sparkles, and the imaginative designs, as shot by Claude Renoir, look really splendid.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Fonda looks sensational and glides through this romp like a dazed, ripe-to-the- touch innocent.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One of the most memorable of comic book adaptations ever conceived...

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Few films are as much 60s as this. From the soundtrack and songs or the entire production design to the message and characters. Of course it's incredibly… More
Greg S
Curvaceous Barbarella flies across the galaxy in her swinging bachelorette pad searching for Duran Duran and, in the process, meeting a blind angel, smoking the… More
Spencer S.
A film that divides even the best lovers of camp and filth, Barbarella is a complicated film to review but an intoxicating one to watch. Far less than a real… More
Mark Roulston
Scouring the video store shelves in search of something interesting I feel like I should see often yields surprising results, but I wasn‚(TM)t quite prepared… More
Chris Weber
Based on some comic book I've never heard of, this is swingin' 60s campy sci-fi schlock romp about a gorgeous (and ditzy) outer space agent named… More
William Dunmyer
I yield to no one in my appreciation for soft-core porn and self-consciously "bad" cinema. Thus I was eager finally to see "Barbarella,"… More