Xanadu (1980)

In this film, the mysterious Kira (Olivia Newton-John) appears to assist and inspire a young artist, Sonny Malone (Michael Beck). When she helps him meet up with the rich Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), the two join up together to create an… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Here's another musical mishap that landed on Creative Loafing's list of The 10 Worst Rock Films Ever Made, taking the #3 slot just under Staying Alive and the champ, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

While the movie is every bit as garish and overly shellacked as the other bomb musicals of its era, at least this one looks like irresponsible amounts of money were thrown around.

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Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Great tunes fill this flavorful bubble gum movie.

Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Yup. This movie is stupid.

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Steve Crum

Semi-Gloss Newton-John, Gene Kelly fantasy musical is dated, but kind of fun.

Karina Montgomery

campy joyful fun, with a wee bit too much cheese

Brian Orndorf

Look at Xanadu with an eye toward storytelling superiority and your head will explode. To appreciate the madness within, one must take in the blinding neon sights with an open heart and at least one nostril-coating line of cocaine.

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Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

Kooky abandon and unembarassed chutzpah make it a movie nobody dared to love

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

There's never been a movie quite like this, and there never will be again. And that may not be a bad thing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This horribly dated 1980 fantasy is such a trashy mess with no structure that it doesn't surprise me that the script was written during filming, and even… More
Aj V
This movie is generally regarded as one of the worst movies ever, but it does have some good music, so I gave it one star.
Nicki Marie
Okay, it won't win any awards, but it's fun and it has a good soundtrack. That Dancin' sound is seriously stuck in my head. Why is this… More
Ken Stachnik
Xana-Don't! (unless you love bad movies) When the daughter of Zues meets the leader of the Warriors, she inspires him to team up with Gene Kelly and open… More
Christian C
Deliciously bad and campy. An absolute delight!
Randy Tippy
I caught this one on opening night, mainly because Olivia Newton-John was HOT and Michael Beck was COOL (see <i>The Warriors</i>). Boy was I… More