Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic 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: Mike Clark
    63
    Full of love, Spaceballs is full of laughs; after 13 years of screen disappointments, Brooks has almost delivered another Young Frankenstein. May the box office be with it. [24 Jun 1987, p.1D]
  5. Mr. Brooks's vision of ''Star Wars'' and its underlying silliness cannot help but wear thin. But Spaceballs has none of the aggressively unfunny humor that has marred some of Mr. Brooks's other recent efforts, and its spirits remain consistently high.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    60
    A lot of the gags are pretty good. It's not that Star Wars is less worthy of satire than horse opera or gothic horror. It's not that Mel Brooks has lost his cunning, though he does need a freedom of speech not to be found under a PG rating. What's missing is that zany old gang of his. There is simply nobody like them on this trip. [13 July 1987, p.68]
  7. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    60
    The film's low-tech styling is roughly the cardboard inversion of the cinematic machines it parodies, and Brooks seems less inclined than usual to push the overkill urges too far. Small compensations, I guess, but at least it's not the total washout you'd expect.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. 25
    Brooks' own timing as a director doesn't seem up to its usual snuff. Light-years stretch out between the set-up of a gag and its payoff, and for a director who has always depended on the quantity of his jokes rather than the quality, the gap is fatal. When a character is introduced as "Pizza the Hut," and then shown as a melting mass of mozzarella and tomato sauce, the result is to turn a fairly clever pun into something thuddingly obvious and vaguely nauseating. [24 Jun 1987, p.3]
  12. Somehow, the funny stuff gets sucked into a kind of black hole in the center of the satire, along with all the comic debris. What should have been a surreal flight to the planet Lucas crumbles into a harmless collection of cosmic dustballs. [24 Jun 1987, p.52]
  13. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    20
    Mel Brooks will do anything for a laugh. Unfortunately, what he does in Spaceballs, a misguided parody of the Star Wars adventures, isn't very funny.
  14. 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.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 15, 2013
    10
    Possibly the funniest movie on Earth. With enough gags and skits to keep you laughing on end, this is a true work of art. Mel Brooks, may yourPossibly the funniest movie on Earth. With enough gags and skits to keep you laughing on end, this is a true work of art. Mel Brooks, may your legacy of comedic movies always be remembered. Full Review »
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    8
    i grew up loving the flat out goofyness of mel brooks movies . seeing this as a kid in the theaters was really funny. brooks does a great jobi grew up loving the flat out goofyness of mel brooks movies . seeing this as a kid in the theaters was really funny. brooks does a great job lmapooning star wars . rick moranis how ever steals the show as dark helmet who zaps people in the crotch when you piss him off... LOL! if only they made the sequel "space balls 2 the search for more money" Full Review »