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Empire

It's easy to criticise Conan. Cheesy. Dated. And ever-so-slightly fascist (Conan is the ultimate Aryan: punishing the weak and defending the...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I liked a lot of it myself, and with me, a few broadswords and leather jerkins go a long way.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Those who have an inherent distaste for this sort of entertainment will appreciate Conan the Barbarian's impeccable production values...
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Schwarzenegger has probably never been better-cast.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
An excessively brutal adventure comic book is exactly what it has set out to be - a medieval Heavy Metal. [14 May 1982]
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50

TV Guide

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A series of meaningless adventures punctuated with a lot of clanky, very bloody swordplay, Conan the Barbarian is best remembered for a...
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40

Variety

Director John Milius does a nice job of setting up the initial story.... But for whatever reasons, [Schwarzenegger] has a minimum of dialog...
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30

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Conan the Barbarian is an extremely long, frequently incoherent, ineptly staged adventure-fantasy set in a prehistoric past.
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30

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Milius has nothing to say: this 1982 film only hints at the romantic heroics of "The Wind and the Lion" and has none of the personal...
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10

Time

By Richard Schickel
Conan is a sort of psychopathic Star Wars, stupid and stupefying.
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