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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 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
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: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  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 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. AlexC.
    Sep 8, 2007
    10
    This is one of the funniest movies of all time. A true classic. I do not know what critics think, but they are truly wrong about this one. Funny all the way through, and even a little action. A little romance, but mostly comedy. Not one joke is too over the top, and not one joke isn't funny. Simply my favorite comedy yet. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2010
    9
    Star Wars and Star Trek all mixed together into one hilarious comedy hit.
  4. Jan 22, 2013
    8
    I'm not sure how to say this aside from this is my favorite bad movie. It's so overly bad that it is almost impossible not to laugh. Rick Moranis just steals the show. It's almost like they went out of their way to cast the worst possible choices for the roles, and funnily enough it works like a charm. Overall a fun movie that I'll be watching for decades to come, because the older it gets the worse it gets and the worse it gets the funnier it is. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Mar 5, 2008
    8
    Frickin funny, but History of the World and Blazing Saddles.
  6. Mar 22, 2014
    5
    Call me whatever you want, but Spaceballs is not that funny. It's painful to watch and relies on toilet humor and bad jokes as backbone. Just as I said in my review of Scar MoVie, the whole spoof genre is collapsing, thanks to movies like these. 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 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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