Spaceballs (1987)

The evil leaders of Planet Spaceball, having foolishly squandered their precious atmosphere, devise a secret plan to take every breath of air away from their peace-loving neighbour, Planet Druidia. They send the evil Dark Helmet to kidnap… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 24, 1987
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The crew flings itself energetically through space in search of laughs, but it will never penetrate the galaxy where Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein traced their giddy orbits.

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Time Out

Typically, the best conceits end in pratfalls, and non-Brooks fans may find that the gravitational pull towards the thumpingly obvious outweighs the wit.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

This sendup by director Mel Brooks incorporates the silliest aspects of all the major space adventures of the last decade, and the whole is a hilarious combination of its parts.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

The film's low-tech styling is roughly the cardboard inversion of the cinematic machines it parodies, and Brooks seems less inclined than usual to push the overkill urges too far.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

If it isn't likely to generate what Mr. Brooks himself refers to as 'Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money, neither is it anything less than gentle, harmless satire that occasionally has real bite.


The jokes about the more calculating aspects of George Lucas's franchise are particularly telling. Remember, the Schwartz will be with you always.

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Variety Staff

Mel Brooks will do anything for a laugh. Unfortunately, what he does in Spaceballs, a misguided parody of the Star Wars adventures, isn't very funny.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

How do you review a movie like this, anyway? I guess by saying whether you laughed or not. I did laugh, but not enough to recommend the film.

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Empire Magazine

Unforgiveable then, unforgiveable now.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Moments of real humor, but it relies to heavily on the cornball schtick.
KJ Proulx
Not quite as great as I wanted it to be, but Mel Brooks directs the hell out of this hilarious comedy in ways that are not seen very much in film these days.… More
Lucas Martins
It's just great. The unique movie which you see John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks and John Hurt! A great Star Wars spoof.
Tim Salmons
I think like a lot of people, I saw Mel Brooks' space opera spoof classic Spaceballs at a young age. Of course, anything to do with Star Wars at that age… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Spaceballs is downright bad filmmaking, but it's OK because it's a parody,… More
Phil Hubbs
Probably the last modern Brooks spoof before he lost his touch. There is another excellent cast here, the usual brooks gang, the highlight has to be Moranis as… More