A village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and his evil warriors, when Thulsa Doom and his warriors kills his parents, a young boy named Conan (Jorge Sanz) is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Conan sets out on a quest as he vows to avenge his parents and solve the riddle of steel. Joined by a archer named S... (Full plot summary below)
A village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and his evil warriors, when Thulsa Doom and his warriors kills his parents, a young boy named Conan (Jorge Sanz) is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Conan sets out on a quest as he vows to avenge his parents and solve the riddle of steel. Joined by a archer named Subotai (Gerry Lopez), a beautiful thief who falls in love with Conan, Valeria (sandahl Bergman') and a Chinese wizard (Mako), Conan and his companions sets out to rescue Princess Yasmina (Valérie Quennessen), daughter of King Osric (Max von Sydow), from the Snake Cult, and get his revenge on Thulsa Doom and avenge his parents.
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Time Out - 10/10 by Chris PetitMatch verdict: no goals, slow build-up, but much absorbing action off the ball.
Mania.com - 9/10 by Rob VauxIts magnificence stems from the very properties we should be condemning with all our might.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Roger EbertNot since Bambi's mother was killed has there been a cannier movie for kids than Conan the Barbarian.
Village Voice - 7/10 by Mark HolcombSqueamish types may balk, but the gory cruelty on display here is faithful to the source material and deeply thrilling.
Antagony & Ecstasy - 7/10 by Tim BraytonA film that only wants to be described by the single adjective "awesome", though "epic" would do in a pinch.
EmanuelLevy.Com - 7/10 by Emanuel LevyThis primitive, mythic epic catapulted Schwarzenegger to movie stardom after being a famous body-builder.
Time Out New York - 6/10 by Keith UhlichThe film's secret weapon proves to be Freddy Krueger–fingernailed witch Marique, whom Rose McGowan plays with the kind of fuck-it-all brio - imagine a cross between Madeline Kahn in "History of the World: Part I" and Lady Gaga - that should garner her a Razzie and an Oscar.
New York Post - 6/10 by Kyle SmithIt has a certain commitment to its cause, and by that I mean it supplies the necessary flayings, slayings, beheadings and, um, a be-nose-ing, all of it dancing to the tune of those amusingly stilted He-Man declaratives - King James Bible cadences applied to comic-book visions. It knows it's a B movie, and gets on with it.
Los Angeles Times - 6/10 by Betsy SharkeyBrutal, bloody beyond belief, and has no socially redeeming value. So it is with a certain amount of guilt that I say it's kind of a wicked blast to watch, especially if you're in the mood for some righteous revenge.
CinePassion - 6/10 by Fernando F. CroceVisualizing Robert E. Howard's creation in the midst of the Reagan era is an offer the auteur can't refuse
7M Pictures - 6/10 by Kevin Carressential 80s cinema with some amazing elements, including the unflinching violence for the time and the brilliant score by Basil Poledouris
Variety - 5/10 by Peter DebrugeThe well-executed picture solves the biggest challenge facing those hoping to breathe new life -- however nasty, brutish and short -- into the 79-year-old franchise by finding an actor capable of filling Ah-nuld's shoes.