• Released
  • August 8, 1980
  • PG , 1 hr 36 min
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 13 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A mythological muse helps an artist and a former big-band clarinetist open a roller disco.

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100

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
How does Xanadu qualify as the greatest movie musical? Simple: it offers nothing but pure wall-to-wall fun and nonsense to keep a smile on...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The film is too energetic, too jaw-droppingly campy, and too silly not to be enjoyed and celebrated on some level. "Cheesy" doesn't even...
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63

Slant Magazine

While the soundtrack is evenly split between Newton-John ballads and power-pop from ELO, neither of which sounded particularly revolutionary...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A mushy and limp musical fantasy, so insubstantial it keeps evaporating before our eyes. It's one of those rare movies in which every scene...
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40

Washington Post

Xanadu cannot possibly be described as a good movie, but it can be recommended to those who can tolerate large amounts of intravenous...
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40

The New York Times

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Like "The Wiz," though, Xanadu is desperately stylish without having any real style. A dance number featuring two teams of dancers -one...
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20

Variety

Xanadu is truly a stupendously bad film whose only salvage is the music.
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12

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
An actual film of unrelenting silliness. Far from being a "miracle of rare device" (yes, the movie even quotes Coleridge), this is a...
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10

Newsweek

By David Ansen
Michael Beck (of "The Warriors") shows no discernible talent for musical romanticism Olivia ("Totally Hot") Newton-John sings prettily but...
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Rated PG