Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian (1982)

John Milius's jingoistic direction and pulpy screenplay fit perfectly into this film version of the Robert E. Howard fantasy story of the sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. Complementing Mulius's heavy metal production is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 14, 1982
DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Conan may take itself too seriously for some, this adventure film about a former slave seeking vengeance is full of quotable Schwarzenegger lines and gritty action.

Variety Staff

There is a real anticipation as Schwarzenegger is unveiled as the barbarian and sets off on the road to independence. But for whatever reasons, the actor has a minimum of dialog and fails to convey much about the character through his actions.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Conan the Barbarian is an extremely long, frequently incoherent, ineptly staged adventure-fantasy set in a prehistoric past.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

essential 80s cinema with some amazing elements, including the unflinching violence for the time and the brilliant score by Basil Poledouris

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Chris Petit
Time Out

Match verdict: no goals, slow build-up, but much absorbing action off the ball.

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James Berardinelli

Even 17 years after its release, Conan the Barbarian still weaves a spell capable of ensorcelling fans of fantasy adventure.

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Rob Vaux

Its magnificence stems from the very properties we should be condemning with all our might.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Not since Bambi's mother was killed has there been a cannier movie for kids than Conan the Barbarian.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Following the release of the dreadful 2011 reboot, the original has been labeled a "classic," but let's not kid ourselves.

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R. L. Shaffer

A classic tale is told through fascinating visuals, cheesy characters and good old fashioned muscle-bound strength.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The first film to get Arnie on the way to the man he is today, and the first of three very similar fantasy flicks. Based on a pulp comic character from the… More
KJ Proulx
Although it may have the classic 80's feel and the bloody action is very impressive for it's time, the story seems a little unoriginal and the outcome… More
danny d
oddly, I almost feel as if this film has improved with age. It has a haunting atmosphere and is set in a perfect fantasy like world. I would have loved a… More
Edward Boxler
Conan the Barbarian plays almost like a silent film. It's got a loud, booming, choir orchestra playing through the entire picture. There's barely any… More
Alex roy
John Millius' action fantasy film Conan the Barbarian is a thrilling film. The film has its imperfections, which I will get into in just a moment, but for… More
David Ladd
Robert E Howard is often credited with inventing the sword and sorcery genre with the introduction of one of the all-time great fantasy characters, Conan the… More