Reviewed byLinda_SVote: 9/10
This is a wonderfully moral sword and sorcery epic. Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays a heroic man of high character unlike the amoral Conan. His portrayal of Kalidor is understated and that makes it WORK. Brigitte Nielsen while a raw talent, still manages to put this film over. She is what one expects a Red Sonja to be: a simple, brave, barbarian woman with a sense of loyalty and oath upholding that is so alien to our modern world. Sandahl Bergman as the nefarious Queen Gedren is marvelous. She has a plum role playing a villainous megalomaniac and she enjoys every minute of it. Paul Smith and his sidekick Ernie Reyes Jr. almost steal the show, quite charming. Again there is a humanity in Smith's character, this loyalty and taking seriously of an oath that rings true for the imagined world of this sword and sorcery entry. Tutte Lemkow's portrayal of a wizard is one of the minor roles that is very well done. Of all the sword and sandal movies I have seen over the years I have a special place for this 1985 film. It is a feel good movie, romantic, exciting, beautiful scenery and costumes and an excellent ARNOLD film.
Reviewed bycoldovenVote: 8/10/10
you know, i gave this movie an eight. yeah. really. i shouldn't have,buti did, and it's because it's a feel good movie, and better then that "santaclause: the motion picture," thing, even though santa and sonja are bothkinda red. sort of. like, whenever you're watching it, you have thisstarkrealization that life isn't so bad, that the vapors vapping your innerpeaceare really just the nasty shrimp you ate for dinner. i don't recommendshrimp for dinner or any time else. but shrimps are red, like sonja, and"red sonja," unlike shrimp, is worth it if only for some of the sword playand the fallen limbs, heads, rocks, etc. plus there's a bunch of scars andcostumes, and costumes that are scars. oh, and arnold lifts a bunch ofstuff too.
Reviewed bymilsorgenVote: 8/10
Personally this is one of my all time favorite movies since I was very young. That being said I had not seen this movie in over a decade before seeing it on the shelf at the grocery store where I purchased it. I had just watched the two Conan movies a few nights prior and I sat down with my lady to watch an old favorite. To me this movie was infinitely more enjoyable than the Conan movies. And even as an adult some 20 years later with a much wider and esoteric taste in movies, music and games; I found this movie a blast and I'm not going to say it's a 10 and nor am I going to play the role of lap top critic. I'm just going to say this: In a world of horrible blockbusters like GI Joe and Transformers I feel Red Sonja was money and time well spent.
The tyrant Gedren seeks the total power in a world of barbarism. She attacks and kills the keepers of a powerful talisman just before it is destroyed. Gedren then uses the power of the talisman in her raid of the city Hablac. Red Sonja, sister of the keeper, sets out with her magic sword to overthrow Gedren. The talisman's master Kalidor follows to protect her. Of course they fall in love - however Red Sonja's power bases on the oath to never give herself to any man...