Masters of the Universe
Masters of the Universe (1987)

Dolph Lundgren stars in this live-action film version of the popular television cartoon series (based on a collection of Mattel action figures). Lundgren is He-Man, a well-muscled super-hero, battling the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) for… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 7, 1987
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

Everyone knows how the battles will turn out. It`s what`s between them that raises Masters Of The Universe ever so slightly above the mediocre.

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Bob Morris
Orlando Sentinel

If nothing else, we can probably thank Lundgren for ensuring that there will be no more Rambo movies in the near future because he has obviously depleted the world supply of body grease.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

If not for the superb villainy of Frank Langella, who plays the evil Skeletor, Masters of the Universe would be as barren as an asteroid.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

With Masters of the Universe -- the latest numbskull entertainment from the creators of Castle Greyskull -- He-Man makes the transition from animation to live action. Taking a live actor along for the ride might have helped.

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Variety Staff

The result is a colossal bore.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

It is exceedingly difficult to make convincing live-action versions of cult cartoon strips, and this big-screen version of the momentarily popular TV series is one of the least successful attempts.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

A misfiring, underdone epic that takes its inspiration not from life or literature, but from a toy line and the cartoon series it inspired.

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Mark Salisbury
Time Out

There are lots of flashes and bangs, but the effects are neither special nor camp enough to be more than vaguely amusing.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It is by no means a masterpiece, but it still possesses some keen schlock value for fans of eighties cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Oh my how delicious is this piece of 80's panto, some of the best badly adapted hokey nonsense I've seen, yet somehow its so damn good. Where to… More
Aj V
This movie has a good, and interesting, cast. The story is better than I expected from a cartoon I didn't really care for, and it's got a nice… More
Jens S.
Always a little sad to see a childhood favorite not standing the test of time. That's not only due to special effects unworthy of their year of origin but… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Errr, i iked this as a kid, fucking nostalgia.
Emily Armstrong
This film is absolutely hilarious. I was literally laughing out loud, by myself in the basement. There aren't words for this kind of exuberant ridiculous… More
Jason Owens
As someone who is a HUGE fan of the original cartoon series from the 80's (I've often called it my all-time favorite cartoon, I don't know, but… More