Highlander (1986)

Among humans for centuries, an immortal specie existed. Connor MacLeod is a member of this specie. Unaware of his powers, he is unable to explain his revival after his apparent death in a clan-fight in the 15th century. This convinces the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 7, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

It's all here, folks: fancy wipes, expressionistic angles, quick-cut close-ups, stylized backlighting, camera moving in endless illogic.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

Since none of the characters makes sense even on the movie's own terms, Highlander keeps on exploding for almost two hours, with nothing at stake.

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Nick Rogers

Before it came to a thudding halt with a craven, creatively bankrupt franchise cash-grab, the rich world of "Highlander" - in all its bombast and bereavement - was, and is, worth getting lost in for two hours.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Lambert, with his beetle brow, broken nose, and vaguely crossed eyes, remains an amiable oddball presence, and Sean Connery radiates charm and nobility in a bit as an elder immortal who shows Lambert the rules of the game.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's easy to see why many love this picture (great premise, fine action scenes, a score by Queen, Connery) but just as easy to see why many despise it (cheesy production values, stone-faced Lambert, ludicrous supporting characters, thudding dialogue).

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R. L. Shaffer

A bit clumsy in spots, but Highlander is a thoroughly entertaining action-fantasy picture.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's a lot of utterly preposterous fun, even if it doesn't quite hang together.

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Adam Lowes

Highlander is the visual counterpart to rock band Queen (who supply a number of songs on the soundtrack) - big, brash and operatic filmmaking of the highest order.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

OK fantasy adventure film that has achieved cult status to many.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Smalltown-high-school-does-Shakespeare level bad, nearly inevitably schlocky ... and yet some remnant memory of the dream age of dream chivalry and swordplay,… More
Jens S.
A bat shit crazy premise, a fantastic soundtrack, Sean Connery as a mentor character, ground-breaking camera and editing work that still oozes 1980s in every… More
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Raymond Wieser
Highlander is almost awesome in it's badness. From visible equipment, mismatched audio/visual, incredibly bad acting, cheesy and cringe-worthy dialogue,… More
Daniel Mumby
Part of the appeal of cult classics is being able to simultaneously love and hate a given film. Cult classics are flawed gems, with even the very best having… More
xGary Xx
A race of immortals who have been living amongst us through the centuries are destined to fight to the death to claim "The Prize". With its formula of… More