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Flash Gordon

1980
Sci-fi
Fantasy
1h 51m
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Avg Percentile 41.84% from 1902 total ratings

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Rated 19 Jan 2010
69
76th
Without a doubt the gayest film I have ever seen, and for accomplishing that without even revealing a single penis it has to count for something.
Rated 17 Oct 2013
85
92nd
It's like a high-camp Wizard of Oz in space. Intentionally cheesy with some impressive scenery being chewed to pieces by everyone (especially Blessed and von Sydow). The Queen soundtrack, as over-the-top as the visuals, is the icing on the cake. There's just something infectiously fun about seeing top quality actors having a blast making a very tongue-in-cheek homage to the classic 30s serials.
Rated 04 Dec 2011
70
65th
If you're about to rate this movie, and you're thinking "Hey! 'Flash Gordon'! Didn't that suck?", then don't forget about Brian Blessed cast as a bird - or Timothy Dalton cast as a walking moustache. Don't forget that it is Max von Sydow himself who plays Ming the Merciless. Oh, and don't forget that I have the soundtrack on record. Did that last piece of information leave you with a tiny, sharp pinch of jealousy? Then that is how awesome, you had forgotten, that this cheesefest is. DIIIIVE!!
Rated 06 Jul 2021
70
65th
Bulge-arella
Rated 27 May 2010
70
71st
Cult Classic. It doesn't get any cheesier than this. Queens soundtrack is perfect and I love it! "Flash! Ahah! He'll save everyone of us!"
Rated 22 Dec 2010
75
83rd
FLASH WILL SAVE EVERY ONE OF US!
Rated 23 Sep 2012
41
16th
"Sometimes, the air rises ABOVE the clouds!" No shit. But worth watching for von Sydow and BRIAN BLESSED overacting like they're getting paid by the decibel.
Rated 12 Feb 2013
63
67th
This might be the most expensive campy film ever made, even though big chunk of the budget went into the noses of producers. Not for a second this film takes itself seriously, and that is exactly why I had so much fun watching it. You can see that there was a lot work put into sets and costumes. However, the biggest visual attraction is Ornella Muti, as a nymphomaniac princess. Soundtrack by Queen finishes the package that should be sold together with a fat blunt.
Rated 02 Sep 2008
80
84th
The set and costume design is appallingly gaudy and trippy (everything is in lush, contrasting colors, and liberally decorated with shiny and metallic bits), and the acting performances are terribly wooden. It's probably the most embarrassing thing on Timothy Dalton's resume. Loved it.
Rated 01 Jan 2021
75
83rd
FLASH! a-ah... Somehow avoided this in my childhood. Intentionally campy space Hunger Games with great costume design, practical effects, and a pumping soundtrack by Queen. Yellow-Peril Ming got less scary as the movie progressed. Disappointed we never saw Orenalla Muti's secret pleasure palace built for two. Timothy Dalton's Robin Hood somehow becomes Emperor. Melody Anderson gets a slave drunk so the latter can be raped. Fav scene: Flash rallying the Birdemic troops.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
50
38th
Brian Blessed shouts in your face and some gay dudes fight. Soild entertainment then.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
71
49th
Flash! AAAaaaaaaAAAaaHHH!
Rated 21 Feb 2010
65
42nd
This is another one of those movies that's cheesy in a good way and that's probably nostalgia speaking here. I've seen this film more than any other when I was a kid. The effects are laughably bad and so is the acting in long stretches but it is charming and keeps up the camp spirit of the original serial. The Queen song is an absolute classic too.
Rated 10 Mar 2010
5
81st
Deeply silly, entertaining, impassioned. I love the elaborate costume/set designs and that iconic theme music. Okay - the main guy is basically worthless, fight scenes are laughable, effects are pure 80s - I still don't care much, this is fun.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
85
76th
Flash Gordon is a weird and wonderful film, full of strange visuals and backed by an great soundtrack by Queen. The acting levels vary drastically, but somehow everyone seems to fit their character perfectly well, though Max Von Sydow is the undoubted highlight of the movie, playing Ming with relish. Flash Gordon is a highly stylised movie that some would dismiss as garish sci-fi nonsense, but the film's unique look and feel is what sets it apart from the crowd. Hail Ming!
Rated 21 Jul 2010
50
56th
A movie for every man who thought that lazers, birdmen and Queen make the perfect combination. Flash Gordon doesn't aim to be much more than a comic book on film and doesn't seem to care about being taken seriously with its ridiculous costumes and faux 50's scifi sets. The dialogue falls below even comic book standards at times and the action can seem more clumsy than stylish, but there's a confident weirdness that makes it easy to forgive.
Rated 24 Aug 2010
78
51st
The impressive production design combined w/ the clunky efx & dream allusions r far more reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz than Star Wars. A hornier Wizard but still. If the relationships weren't so sexually charged/laughable & Semple's dialogue so unintentionally hysterical (unlike his work on the 60's Batman show it doesn't all seem deliberate) comparisons 2 Terry Gilliam might've been thrown around. Still, like LSD, if ur brain chemistry's right, this could prove entertainingly kooky.
Rated 16 Mar 2014
75
54th
Even Max Von Sydow AND Brian Blessed can't counter the awesome acting chops of Sam "I was in a movie once" Jones. Add to that a pulsing slice of cheese soundtrack and a screenplay by the spectacularly overrated author of "Sheena". So why do I like this so much?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
81st
The Wizard of Oz in space which has been unfairly cast aside for giving audience something fresh and new. I guess people would rather have just another hollow attempt to recapture 1977 instead. Grossly underrated.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
31st
The unbelievably annoying theme song by Queen is only the first problem with the film, but it's still a lot of dumb fun from the time that special effects were just about to become as good as they needed to be for the films they were used in. Ugh!
Rated 29 Jun 2015
57
52nd
They asked me to accept their outlandish universe....I did.They asked me to accept the poor science & questionable physics....I didn't bat an eyelid.But they want me to believe Flash wouldn't have nailed the Princess?Sorry but my suspension of belief just came crashing down.
Rated 15 May 2008
85
72nd
No father, not the bore worms! I didn't know in 1980 that was a double entendre. High marks for 80s glam and sentimental value.
Rated 10 Aug 2008
82
54th
I can't decide whether they were TRYING to go for early 70s fantasy sci-fi camp but they nailed it anyway. So many great "What the hell is that?" moments that are what make this genre so fun
Rated 02 Sep 2008
70
25th
Flash Gordon, a guilty pleasure of mine, because it is a very funny movie, largely due to its, fully intentional, tongue in-cheek humour. It is more an honest homage to the 1930's Flash Gordon Series, with its hilariously wooden main characters except a great Max von Sydow, visibly having much fun playing his role. Definately not for modern audiences, who go into a superhero flick, wanting gritty "realism" without realizing they just have been watching 2 hours of a man in a plastic bat costume.
Rated 10 Sep 2008
73
59th
Pure campy brilliance. Von Sydow can act up a storm (with what he's given), but Jones could have been replaced by a Chia Pet and it wouldn't have made a difference. I have a sneaking suspicion the film is actually a revised retelling of the Indian religious epic 'the Ramayana'. But I probably read too much into these things.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
66
54th
More camp than Queen, the band who do the soundtrack and THAT'S saying something...
Rated 10 Dec 2008
57
33rd
Bonus points for being hilarious, even when I was a kid. FLASH! Ah-ahhh!
Rated 23 Jan 2009
68
47th
special consideration: camp and fricking QUEEN soundtrack. If you don't appreciate high camp, pulpy movies...forget it.
Rated 14 Mar 2009
78
84th
i just love this film for its strange and in some ways stupid concepts
Rated 16 Apr 2022
90
93rd
This is utterly ridiculous. So beautiful. So absurd.
Rated 21 Jul 2010
75
32nd
I have soft spot for Oscar caliber actors delivering 100% cheddar with a wink!
Rated 22 Apr 2018
73
78th
On the glory of camp. Flash Gordon is a children's film for adults, a sad reminder of a time when comic book adaptations had zero pretenses about being anything more than dumb fun. Under Hodges' knowing eye, it's a glorious celebration of adolescent heroism shot on gaudy sets designed by Donati that are almost Fellini-esque in their mix of art and kitsch. Jones is a bit of a wet blanket as Flash, but Von Sydow makes a devilishly sly Ming, and Blessed chews scenery with shouty exuberance.
Rated 09 Mar 2012
20
6th
Literally nothing could live up to the perfection of the credit sequence.
Rated 12 Jul 2012
80
77th
What the hell did I watch? Flash just doesn't give a shit about acting. Timothy Dalton looks like he is going to cry during his final speech. FLASH FREEZE FRAME
Rated 02 Jan 2007
80
64th
Em honra de Max Von Sydow (1929 - 2020) filme #1. Foda-se Bergman, aqui nóis vai de Imperador Ming, porra! Absoluta obra-prima do kitsch, a direção de arte desse filme é muito maravilhosa. Pura diversão. Plus: O que é aquele anão de estimação numa coleira chamado Fellini? WTF! BlurayRip RARBG.
Rated 08 Feb 2007
63
35th
Utter nonsense and a joy for it.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
50
35th
Great kids film with even better sound track.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
75
64th
Aaa-aaaa, saviour of the universe! So funny!
Rated 07 Apr 2007
80
68th
OK it's a dumb fantasy, but it's fun
Rated 10 Jun 2007
67
26th
campy, but a cult classic
Rated 04 Sep 2021
100
97th
This movie fucking rocks.
Rated 29 Dec 2023
60
23rd
I so dislike the plot of this film that I start forgetting it about 15 minutes into it. For me, this is a ton of resources thrown at the kind of bone-headed nonsense that's always better if it's done on the cheap.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
11th
See it for the Queen music.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
80th
Embarassing football and homoerotic whip fight scenes aside, this movie kicks ass.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
64th
FLASH! Ahhhhhh-ahhhhhh!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
52
20th
Campy but fun.
Rated 28 Jul 2021
66
60th
Great soundtrack and cast
Rated 11 Sep 2015
95
93rd
One of the finest pieces of camp entertainment ever.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
40
16th
Cheesy - but with a Queen score you can't go wrong - unless it's this film
Rated 22 Aug 2007
58
53rd
Good
Rated 23 Sep 2007
80
50th
Everyone else this this is a camp riot, and so do I. With a musical score by the band "Queen" as the background, this modernized version of one of the old serials is fairly enjoyable viewing. They even tried to leave it open for a sequel.
Rated 24 Sep 2007
95
84th
Soundtrack and Max von Sydow: need I say more. Executives who gave the greenlight for the Sci-Fi channel incarnation should have sat down and watched how Ming was portrayed in this film before producing that trash heap they have.
Rated 19 Oct 2007
44
18th
Flash! Ahh-AHH! Really silly.
Rated 29 Oct 2007
80
36th
Not a great film, but it's still a whole lot of delirious, campy fun.
Rated 04 Jul 2015
69
42nd
Watch it for Brian Blessed, Queen, and comically bad acting. Know what you're getting into, shut off your brain... and hope it comes back on again when the credits roll.
Rated 04 Jan 2008
79
53rd
Camp, comic and cheezy but doesn't try to be anything else. This has the sense to treat the story as pantomime and as such it makes a reasonable lightweight sci-fi action film. Played for laughs and camp as Christmas. Great Queen track.
Rated 16 Jan 2008
78
38th
Cheez - but fun.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
73
44th
It's was fun but not something I'd want to watch again for some time.
Rated 08 Mar 2008
65
30th
It's entertaining in spite of its awfulness. I really only watched it for the Queen soundtrack. Watch it in a group though, it's very fun to heckle.
Rated 10 Mar 2008
95
87th
It is supposed to look and feel the way it does. Plus Great Queen Soundtrack
Rated 19 Mar 2008
85
43rd
Campy fun with great music retro-futurist visuals and a Queen soundtrack.
Rated 27 Jun 2021
73
63rd
I didn't like this ten years ago and I don't know what I was thinking. It is an absolute camp classic, funny on purpose without sacrificing sincere silliness, colorful and ridiculous in the best way. Plus, Flash's main role as a hero is to just be really stubborn about the idea that everybody should be friends and team up against the oppressor - very good, very anime, and gives every other character their chance to shine. The only thing that knocks off points is lingering Yellow Peril designs.
Rated 08 Jun 2008
71
21st
FLAAAAASH AAAAAAHHHHH SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE
Rated 08 Sep 2008
65
78th
marvellous comic capers, and the outfits are to die for!! any film with max van sydows vocals is a must see!
Rated 27 May 2015
50
36th
Surreal, silly fun.
Rated 23 Sep 2008
57
27th
This is simply ridiculous.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
37
49th
Plastik, elendig bluescreen - men Jens Lyn
Rated 02 Nov 2008
69
26th
Incredible.
Rated 03 Nov 2008
31
1st
While it can drag on (does this need to be two hours?), it's full of great campy moments that make for an entertaining experience. Queen!
Rated 20 Nov 2008
85
25th
Super-hokey and easily worth a thousand laughs. How they talked Max von Sydow or Timothy Dalton into this I have no idea, but it's a festival of pure over-the-top cornball sci-fi that works beautifully as unintentional comedy.
Rated 25 Mar 2021
63
24th
This is a B movie. It's best feature is Ornella Muti in red tights.
Rated 19 Jan 2009
75
44th
Flash! Oooooooh! He'll save everyone of us!
Rated 06 Apr 2009
80
86th
A cheesy classic. What can I say? I love dem B-movies and this one is a giant B-movie, fer sure. Its got everything your 60s Batman fan could ask for: Hawk men, football stars, buttons that can somehow destroy the world, chinese named space emperors, weird scorpion rituals, and most everything else you can think of. If you don't like it, then you go watch the new Battlestar Galactica.
Rated 17 May 2009
60
63rd
Okay Movie
Rated 26 May 2009
77
51st
Camp and it knows and plays to it. Tremendous fun. Espeically Brian Blessed!
Rated 24 Sep 2009
83
44th
Flash Gordon goes to outer space with doctor Zarkov to save earth from evil Ming as seen many times on comic books and serials. Goofy and fun is the nature of this movie. If reviewed as a serious sci-fi film this would be a bomb, but viewed as a kitsch and humoristic take on the genre this is great piece. Including wonderfull music by Queen.
Rated 01 Oct 2009
73
39th
The success of this film was bought with the blood of Queen. Removing their soundtrack from this film leaves something almost Ed Wood bad, but with it it becomes satirical, campy, and a lot of fun to watch.
Rated 19 Jan 2010
45
26th
I love this film for all the wrong reasons.
Rated 04 Apr 2010
88
75th
Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon (Saviour of the Universe), James Bond and Brian Blessed... What more could you ask for? Some overly camp bad guys? Ok, sure thing. Over the top costumes? Check. Crazy Russian scientist? Done. Quality acting and storytelling... well... you can't have EVERYTHING now can you... Ok, it's not that bad. Go watch.
Rated 18 Jun 2010
50
36th
Jolly design, faithful in all its details to Alex Raymond's classic comic strip, a neat performance from Max Von Sydow as Ming -- and yet somehow it doesn't all come together.
Rated 13 May 2020
50
33rd
Under Quarantine Film Reviews #82: Unapologetically cheesy and intentionally over-the-top humor accompanied by an iconic Queen soundtrack with some memorable performances, especially Max von Sydow. Its no point discussing its flaws because its gonna come across as pedantic, just enjoy the show.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
64
39th
Silly sci-fi. Worth seeing once for the goofiness of it all.
Rated 10 Oct 2010
5
18th
Appalling special effects and dodgy outfits. Very very camp. I can't understand why this hasn't become a cult classic like Rock Horror. Good Fun.
Rated 13 Nov 2010
60
85th
Much fun, when not trying extra-extra hard also to be funny. A bit like a Barbarella on a much bigger budget. It's a cruel fact of fantasy that money counts for more in this sort of endeavor than in most others, and Dino De Laurentiis, who controlled the purse strings on both these movies, did it right this time.
Rated 28 Dec 2010
90
89th
(Blu-ray rewatch)
Rated 20 Feb 2011
70
17th
Silly classic sci fi. You'll be singing the Queen song for weeks.
Rated 19 Jul 2014
60
36th
A mostly stupid and poorly made. It is incredibly watchable however.
Rated 20 Aug 2011
88
86th
DIVE!!!
Rated 15 Nov 2011
73
69th
Pretty funny and weirdly symbiotic mix of gay- and coolness. Bottom line: There is not much on this earth, whis is hotter than Ornella Muti. :>
Rated 03 Dec 2011
71
66th
After watching this I had that song in my head for weeks.
Rated 28 May 2012
83
94th
This is easily one of the best cinema experiences I've ever had, up there with the likes of "The Room". Ridiculous amount of fun, whether or not the film is as great when watching at home is open to debate but I can't imagine it isn't. There's barely a dull moment, if there isn't something hilarious happening, there's an awesome action sequence. If there isn't an awesome action sequence, Queen's awesome soundtrack is blaring. Basically, it's 60s Batman in space. "Freeze, you bloody bastards!"
Rated 30 Jan 2018
77
71st
This movie fucks!!! Also Timothy Dalton ... why are you not in everything!?
Rated 11 Sep 2017
60
25th
Flash!ahah!+footballfighLOL+destroys planets thatrealizehecausedisasters+JUSTfunenough+prettydamngoodjobwithstyleandeffects+minggoesintohisring+sinisterhandpicksitup
Rated 06 Aug 2012
77
67th
DIIIIIIIVE
Rated 27 Aug 2012
80
91st
Doing a B-movie and making it a thing. From the costumes, the corny acting to the over-the-top and great soundtrack by Queen, this movie is a B-movie on steroids and a real blast.
Rated 08 Oct 2012
50
8th
Quite fun [at least at the beginning] but overall just too cheesy.
Rated 17 Oct 2012
86
90th
STAR WARS' horny European cousin.
Rated 19 Nov 2017
60
58th
eng; [flash gordon]; der football player flash reist mit einem wissenschaftler zu einem fernen planeten, dessen herrscher die erde zerstören will.;
Rated 26 Apr 2014
100
90th
If this isn't a guilty pleasure I don't know what is. So much fun.
Rated 29 Mar 2013
64
24th
"All creatures shall make merry ~ Under pain of Death" Although there's some good visuals, it's almost like they forgot films are in motion. There are several battle scenes were everyone's just floating around.

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