Xanadu

Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Feb 8, 2013
    100
    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 one’s face from the opening credits (which cleverly spoof the logo of Universal Pictures) through the end of the picture. [11 Aug 2005]
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 8, 2013
    75
    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 begin to describe it, yet that's at the heart of its perverse charm. Now, that's entertainment!
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Feb 8, 2013
    63
    While the soundtrack is evenly split between Newton-John ballads and power-pop from ELO, neither of which sounded particularly revolutionary at the turn of the decade, Xanadu's collage of musical styles and fads inadvertently suggests the utopia of post-disco no wave, hip-hop's emerging legacy of sampling and the DIY spirit of mash-ups. (I mean, if you want to be kind.)
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 8, 2013
    6
    GREAT soundtrack. So yes, it's a cheesy movie which was probably taken far too seriously 30+ years ago, but I'm giving it a break. It'sGREAT soundtrack. So yes, it's a cheesy movie which was probably taken far too seriously 30+ years ago, but I'm giving it a break. It's charming. And the description on my VHS jacket is brilliant. Full Review »