Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon (1980)

Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 5, 1980
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Campy charm and a knowing sense of humor help to overcome a silly plot involving a spacefaring ex-football player, his adoring bevy of groupies, and a supervillain named Ming the Merciless.

Variety Staff

The expensive new version of Flash Gordon is a lot more gaudy, and just as dumb, as the original series starring Buster Crabbe.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Is it fun? Yeah, sort of, it is.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a terminally underwhelming sci-fi epic that may keep small children amused, admittedly, but will leave adults bored to tears.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A respectable time-waster.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

While it's not the best of the sci-fi genre, you don't have to go to a galaxy far, far away to enjoy every minute of it.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

This is like a drug-induced sexy fever dream of what the 80s had turned into for much of science fiction cinema.

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Time Out

The narrative is a little plodding, but adult punters will soon slip back into areverie for the lost visions of Saturday morning cinema.

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There's plenty of colourful fun and an awful lot of men in tights. Don't listen to its pofaced detractors -- for sheer cinema fun, Flash Gordon can't be beaten.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

With gaudy sets and costumes by Fellini's favourite designer, Danilo Donati, and ultra-camp performances throughout, this is a film that positively revels in its cheesiness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Gloriously hokey, revelling in cheesy squalor, the good girl gone wrong ... but she's dating You (and that makes all the difference until she tells you… More
Jens S.
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Phil Hubbs
Created by a New Yorker in the 30's, an all American comic strip character thought up to compete alongside another American creation Buck Rogers. Yet… More
Daniel Mumby
It's often the case that films we loved in our childhood don't hold up half as well when viewed again as an adult. Likewise it's very common to… More
jay nixon
Goofy tribute to old time sci-fi serials is silly and cheap looking but since it's on purpose it comes across as fun. Dalton, von Sydow and Topol all seem… More
Alex roy
Cheesy, campy 80's Sci Fi film, Flash Gordon is a fun, entertaining film. However by today's standards it looks really dated. Despite this, the film… More

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