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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 83
    For a movie that's mostly a plotless mix of old sci-fi flicks and Bowie-esque gender-bending, Rocky Horror continues to charm. That's due in part to the honest delight we take in the freedoms this movie so cheerfully flaunts.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    80
    The powerhouse of the film is Tim Curry's cross-dressing alien, Frank N. Furter, who would never reach these kinds of gloriously demented heights again.
  3. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Mar 22, 2014
    80
    The material inspires affection, given its knowing pastiche of everything from Universal horrors to '50s grade-Z sci-fi, and a shamelessly hedonistic, fiercely independent sensibility that must have seemed a welcome relief from the mainstream bombast of other '70s musicals.
  4. 67
    The plot is only semi-comprehensible, but the nearly non-stop musical numbers-brilliant conflations of glam-rock and showtunes-and transgressive sexual energy keep things moving.
  5. 63
    Dr. Furter is played by a British actor named Tim Curry, who bears a certain resemblance to Loretta Young in drag. He's the best thing in the movie, maybe because he seems to be having the most fun.
  6. Reviewed by:  Variety Staff
    40
    Most of the jokes that might have seemed jolly fun on stage now appear obvious and even flat. The sparkle's gone.
  7. 30
    The wit is too weak to sustain a film, and the songs all sound the same.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Oct 1, 2010
    10
    An amazing movie with many themes and messages. From the concept of pleasure to human worth this movie is truly a thought provokingAn amazing movie with many themes and messages. From the concept of pleasure to human worth this movie is truly a thought provoking interesting viewing experience. The music and wildness is also a plus! Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2013
    10
    The soundtrack is magnificent so many great songs that I cannot pick which is the best; I love Hot Patootie, Science Fiction Double Feature,The soundtrack is magnificent so many great songs that I cannot pick which is the best; I love Hot Patootie, Science Fiction Double Feature, Sword of Damocles, Eddie, Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me, Sweet Transvestite, Over at the Frankenstein Place, and of course the Time Warp.
    Every character is great in their own way. Tim Curry in his film debut deserved all of his plaudits for mastering the role. Sarandon and Bostwick are very good as what can be seen as the protagonists. O'Brien's Riff Raff is a very interesting character, one of my favourites. Patricia Quinn's Magenta is full of flair. My fellow Aussie Nell Campbell puts in an underrated performance as Columbia. The other four characters- Dr Scott, Rocky Horror, the Criminologist and Eddie also have key supporting roles.
    The plot is genius is a ridiculous sort of way. Transvestites from outer space? As also mentioned by bigj1415, the messages and themes of the film are interesting and thought provoking.
    Overall, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of my favourite movies, and I will never deny an opportunity to watch it. 10/10
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  3. Jan 5, 2014
    10
    This movie was the 70's to me and a lot of others, great rock and roll, outrageousness and great ballads. The cast is great, and the jokesThis movie was the 70's to me and a lot of others, great rock and roll, outrageousness and great ballads. The cast is great, and the jokes still pack a punch, warning...this movie still will shock you! Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2011
    7
    Rocky Horror is definitely a film of two halves. The first half is a wonderfully chipper exercise in fantastical film making. The secondRocky Horror is definitely a film of two halves. The first half is a wonderfully chipper exercise in fantastical film making. The second unfortunately drags as the film becomes too wrapped up in making a point, be it through the music, or the bizarre costumes. However the 2nd half doesnt stop Rocky from being one of the most unique, exhilarating films I have seen in a while with an opening hour that trundles along at a brisk pace to some loud and proud musical numbers too wonderful to spoil.
    The best part of Rocky, even as the film turns glacial towards the end is Tim Curry. His portrayal of Dr Frank N Furter is so honest and electric that he lights up the screen. He is so incredibly fearless in his actions and his performance, its a pleasure to watch. The film strives for camp and achieves it but it also has great satire mixed in providing some hilarious moments. Overall the film is thoroughly original with some great comedy and musical numbers with a great lead in Tim Curry. It's only flaw is the last 30 minutes slow the story down so much it ruins the thrill given by the rest of it.
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  5. Mar 19, 2014
    7
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is zany, wild, unpredictable; that's what makes it a cult classic. Tim Curry gives a performance so abnormal andThe Rocky Horror Picture Show is zany, wild, unpredictable; that's what makes it a cult classic. Tim Curry gives a performance so abnormal and noticeable that you can't help but love his character, and the music and dance numbers are fresh and bursting with energy. Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2010
    6
    Couple at wedding, get engaged themselves, long drive home, take wrong turn & get puncture, stop at castle, gender-bending mayhem.
    Richard
    Couple at wedding, get engaged themselves, long drive home, take wrong turn & get puncture, stop at castle, gender-bending mayhem.
    Richard O'Brien's musical which has caused students to dress up in underwear everywhere and do that bloody dance!
    It is very tongue-in-cheek, and the songs are well written, mostly in that early 70s style with a fifities feels that was going on at the time, although some of the acting a little wooden. Tim Curry however stands out oozing sexuality as the cross-dressing Frank N Furter & blows everyone else away whatever scene he is in.
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  7. Nov 15, 2012
    0
    this movie was rpetty bad, at least i think. i don't know why it has an 8.1 here!! this movie has NO JOKES in it at all and NO SCARY either.this movie was rpetty bad, at least i think. i don't know why it has an 8.1 here!! this movie has NO JOKES in it at all and NO SCARY either. your supposed to watch it in a room full of nerds who shout stupid stuff at it that is also not funny. it is a ripoff of rifftrax but less funy. Expand

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