The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)

Neurosurgeon, nuclear scientist, and rock 'n' roller, the multi-talented Buckaroo Banzai is called upon save the world from a hostile extraterrestrial invasion in this offbeat science-fiction comedy. The rather loose plot serves as… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 10, 1984
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A state-of-the-art spaceship flying at the speed of light without narrative coordinates, Buckaroo Banzai is the very oddest good movie in many a full moon.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Buckaroo Banzai may well turn out to be a pilot film for other theatrical features, though this one would be hard to top for pure, nutty fun.

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Rob Vaux

A one-film franchise that never was, too daft and marvelous to expand any further.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Richter's comic genre hybrid comes complete with its own mythology, and team of established superheroes, and is curiously appealing.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Just how much one will be able to jibe with Buckaroo Banzai will hinge on whether or not you're willing to buy into the movie's unabashed lunacy.

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Nick Rogers

There are fun fripperies to be found on the fringe of "Buckaroo's" free-for-all. But like the bells and whistles of a garish pinball game, they are but momentarily enjoyable distractions on a machine that was destined to tilt from the get-go.

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It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's easy to see the appeal, what with its loopy characters, its loopy plot, and its loopy dialogue -- it's just a shame there's not more lurking underneath all that surface quirk.

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Emanuel Levy

Off-the-wall and incoherent but colorful and eccentric, this satire, benefiting from a great cast, became a cult item.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Garman
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai in the 8th Dimension is a comic book film without the comic. A pure adventure that harkens back to interstellar heroes such as… More
Aj V
This is a wacky sci-fi adventure comedy movie that's so strange you're not sure what genre it really belongs to or why they made the movie in the… More
Jens S.
The cult movie that no one initially saw. Of course, this insane mix of Science-fiction, comedy and pretty much everything else did not age well. Even back then… More
Jacob Ethington
This movie definitely falls into the cult film category. Definitely hit or miss, but I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. Give it a shot.
Greg S
Insane Dr. Lizado and his alien allies try to steal the secret of eighth dimensional travel from neurosurgeon/secret agent Buckaroo Banzai and his band of rock… More
Tim Salmons
Not the classic I was expecting. I spent much of the time trying to figure out who was who and what was going on. I still enjoyed it, nonetheless.