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  • Summary: The 40s meet the 80s in XANADU, a very special love story and the first lavish, old-fashioned musical to utilize today's music. Stars Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  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.)
  4. 40
    Like "The Wiz," though, Xanadu is desperately stylish without having any real style. A dance number featuring two teams of dancers -one group dressed as punks, the other in 1940's garb - winds up a terrible mess, because the two groups aren't dressed or choreographed to have anything to do with one another.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 8, 2013
    40
    Xanadu cannot possibly be described as a good movie, but it can be recommended to those who can tolerate large amounts of intravenous marzipan. The music is highly enjoyable -- though perhaps more so once one gets the record album home and isn't bothered with the story -- and the film so unerringly airy that it has a beneficent, tranquilizing, bemusing effect.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Feb 8, 2013
    20
    Xanadu is truly a stupendously bad film whose only salvage is the music.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Feb 8, 2013
    10
    Michael Beck (of "The Warriors") shows no discernible talent for musical romanticism Olivia ("Totally Hot") Newton-John sings prettily but is totally tepid, and the ever graceful Gene Kelly deserves a medal for keeping a straight face. Robert Greenwald, the director, should look into another line of work. Perhaps opening a disco? [18 Aug 1980, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. 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's charming. And the description on my VHS jacket is brilliant. Expand

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