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  • Summary: When the evil Dark Helmet attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess, a clueless rogue and a half-man/half-dog creature who's his own best friend set out to stop him! But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need theWhen the evil Dark Helmet attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess, a clueless rogue and a half-man/half-dog creature who's his own best friend set out to stop him! But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt and the mystical power of "The Schwartz" to bring peace - and merchandising rights - to the entire galaxy! (MGM) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Spaceballs has the happy air of a comic enterprise that knows it's going right. It just keeps spritzing the gags at us, Borscht Belt-style, confidently and rightly sensing that if we don't laugh at this one, we'll laugh at the next. And so we do. After a long dry spell, Brooks is back on the money with Spaceballs. [24 Jun 1987, p.33]
  2. If Spaceballs disappoints you, it isn't because it's unfunny or not entertaining. Brooks at medium pressure is still more amusing than most movie makers. [25 Jun 1987, p.1]
  3. 63
    The movie's dialogue is constructed out of funny names, puns and old jokes. Sometimes it's painfully juvenile. But there are some great visual gags in the movie, and the best is Pizza the Hutt, a creature who roars and cajoles while cheese melts off its forehead and big hunks of pepperoni slide down its jowls.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    It's mostly forced humor all the way, a movie that rarely measures up to adequate kitsch. Aimed at younger audiences, Spaceballs misses its mark.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    Subtlety had never been Brooks’ thing, but even blunt blows need to be well aimed, and while Spaceballs doesn’t exactly miss its targets, it certainly bounces off them embarrassingly.
  6. Candy and Moranis are real talents, but they're completely wasted, like everyone else here, sacrificed to the grade-school inanities of that self-indulgent script. [26 Jun 1987, p.D6]
  7. 20
    Spaceballs is actually a kind of comic black hole. All in all, the movie is about as funny as having coffee spilled in your lap. Except that there's no burn -- just that slightly embarrassing, uncomfortable, all-wet feeling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. ElliottB.
    Jun 21, 2007
    10
    I love this movie. I must have watched it at least 25 times. First it was a comedy, then I came to appreciate Mel Brooks' creation as a I love this movie. I must have watched it at least 25 times. First it was a comedy, then I came to appreciate Mel Brooks' creation as a work of art. For those of you who like an incredibly clever (with some slapstick) comedy, I will send out my recommendation for this movie. Expand
  2. Jan 13, 2015
    10
    This movie is hilarious! It's non-stop action and non-stop laughs all the way through! It's probably not recommended for kids as there is aThis movie is hilarious! It's non-stop action and non-stop laughs all the way through! It's probably not recommended for kids as there is a bit of suggestive themes here and there but the movie's definitely worth seeing if you're older! This is coming from a Star Wars fan. Expand
  3. May 5, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie is one of the few comedy films that will keep you laughing from beginning to end, and when it's over, you'll feel like time went by at "ludicrous speed". Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2014
    8
    I enjoyed seeing Spaceballs on blu, not having watched it since it hit the theatres when I was a teenager. Though unlike Brooks' masterpieces,I enjoyed seeing Spaceballs on blu, not having watched it since it hit the theatres when I was a teenager. Though unlike Brooks' masterpieces, the humour is sometimes forced here, but he's smart enough to surround himself with a fine supporting cast and making sure the special effects and set design are at least as good as, if not greater than, the original films he's lampooning. Looking at his films shows how much better his efforts were than any genre spoofs since. Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2013
    8
    Back when Spoof films knew what they were doing came this little gem. This mocks everything STAR WARS-y and TREK-Y and does not take itselfBack when Spoof films knew what they were doing came this little gem. This mocks everything STAR WARS-y and TREK-Y and does not take itself seriously. There are some really stupid, ridiculous and fun moments and the cast is pretty much perfect. Dark Helmet being known for being the comic character from Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters means the bad guy really is just funny.
    If you have any knowledge of the films it is mocking I would be surprised if you don't like this film. Yes the ending is not great but it doesn't matter. How else would you end a movie like this? This is a film that will always be in my movie collection and I will watch over and over and show my kids. I just wish that modern spoofs could have as much skill as with this film.
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  6. Dec 28, 2012
    8
    While it's certainly not the most sophisticated or subtle satire, all flaws are forgiven for the simple fact that this is about as funny as aWhile it's certainly not the most sophisticated or subtle satire, all flaws are forgiven for the simple fact that this is about as funny as a comedy can get. Expand
  7. BillyH.
    Mar 25, 2008
    1
    If, before my time is come, i don't see "Super Mario Brothers," then "Spaceballs" is my Worst Movie Ever. I will make my explination If, before my time is come, i don't see "Super Mario Brothers," then "Spaceballs" is my Worst Movie Ever. I will make my explination brief: Mel Brooks made a Star Wars spoof 10 years following its release (and 8 or 9 after the time was appropriate). he spun a yarn about unintimidating people-looking aliens, commandeered by Rick Moranis and Mel himself, that wanted to steal another planet's air, the princess of which was getting married. She runs away with her dumpy-looking feminist robot and escapes with a loner in a Winnebago and his uninspired Mawg; parts man and canine. stuff about Yogurt, Semitic master of the Schwartz and cynical marketing, is said; we see a repulsive pizza-resembling monster; Mel shows his lack of faith in the material with riffs of other sci-fi (and, in the one gag saving this from a goose egg rating, Michigan J. Frog), the production value is rock-bottom; the whole thing is unfunny and ends with a twist I didn't care enough about to see coming; for the time being, Star Wars was dead, and Mel Brooks was holding the smoking lightsaber. Expand

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