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Flash Gordon

action & adventure

Prepare to save the universe with the King of the Impossible! The famous comic strip blasts to life in the timeless sci-fi cult adventure, featuring an unforgettable score by Queen.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5

Sci-fi comic-strip movie is too intense for younger kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of an old newspaper sci-fi comic strip has gruesome scenes; a cyborg's eyes are ripped out, and another slain machine-man rapidly decays. Expect abundant ray-gun fire, disintegrations, and explosions and fires, as well. Characters are stabbed or impaled or whipped, drawing blood (not always red). There's an apparent execution via gas chamber. There are a few scantily clad harem-type girls and some non-explicit sexy talk. Drinking an intoxicating alien beverage is made to look pleasurable. Some minor profanity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's way-out retro style and lighthearted attitude. Is it entertaining, or do younger viewers prefer their comic fantasy characters to be fashionably dark, tough, and brooding (as Batman has become)?
  • Is the violence here necessary? Does it add to or take away from the story?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 9
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The film literally explodes with a festival of colors and opulent costume design. It lends the movie a majestic spilled-cocaine imprint that's unmistakable and urges the film into distinctive areas of presentation George Lucas could never follow

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A respectable time-waster.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Monday, April 16, 2007

Fresh: I'm guessing nine out of ten people would rather watch the bearded, barrel-shaped Blessed--strapped to giant wings--bellow, 'Impetuous boy! Oh well, who wants to live forever? Diiiive!' than watch Olivier deliver 'To be or not to be...' Blu-ray]

- Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews, Friday, July 30, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I saw this a year ago while drunk out of my mind at Sacramento's hallowed Trash Film Orgy and had a great time, but seeing it again for the second time (and again on the big screen!) was a pleasant surprise. Flash Gordon is fun even if you're not fucked up! Though its cheap, sluggish action rarely does it any favors, even in light of its hyperdrive camp sensibilities, the movie actually has a great sense of humor and you quickly get the feeling that your laughter is both at it and with it. This is a ridiculously tricky balance to pull off but Flash Gordon epitomizes it. It's a fun little movie, not to be too deeply analyzed, but appreciated for its multitude of bizarre moments, its shockingly inept and hilariously poorly interpreted lead performance, and its bitchin' Queen soundtrack. The 1980s were a cruel time, but sometimes they were good to us.

- ceWEBrity, Saturday, September 11, 2010

2 stars

It is very funny, a classic Movie based upon Comic and yet didnt really entertained me only the good old Flash Gordon Cartoons.

- ScoopOnline, Tuesday, December 22, 2009

3 stars

Why would I bash something I have enjoyed this much? no matter how ridiculous and bad it is I found it hysterical. who would have thought that Mr. Mike "Get Carter" Hodges would go for campy fun? and Queen in the soundtrack just adds more laughs and nostalgia to this quirky and deliriously kitsch production by megalomaniac producer Dino De Laurentiis.

- pier007, Thursday, May 21, 2009