Since none of the characters makes sense even on the movie's own terms, Highlander keeps on exploding for almost two hours, with nothing at stake.
Walter Goodman - New York Times
Lambert, with his beetle brow, broken nose, and vaguely crossed eyes, remains an amiable oddball presence, and Sean Connery radiates charm and nobility in a bit as an elder immortal who shows Lambert the rules of the game.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Dean Essner - Variety
A bit clumsy in spots, but Highlander is a thoroughly entertaining action-fantasy picture.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
OK fantasy adventure film that has achieved cult status to many.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Connery, on the other hand, is a welcome sight. It is director Russell Mulcahy's style that doesn't work here.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Don't go in expecting too much and you should be ok.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
It's a lot of utterly preposterous fun, even if it doesn't quite hang together.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Highlander's plot is one of the most original ever filmed.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Andy Klein - New Times
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Great concept + sharp-edged weapons + Connery = enduring fantasy classic.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
"There can only be one!" And that's one too many.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Another example of a decent first film that led to a mediocre series. Great performances from Connery and Brown.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
A terrific idea, taken about as far as it can go. Why, oh why, did they start making sequels?
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
One of the all time greatest B-Movies!
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
For me, the worst movie of the 1980s.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
David Poland - Hot Button
It is a silly film, but it is fun to watch.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
No equal among sword-and-sorcery flicks.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Joins Pete's Dragon, Condorman, and Unidentified Flying Oddball in the category of films better remembered than re-watched.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Maybe it was the sheer audacity of the film's silliness that made it so popular or the brief, swaggering presence of Connery.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Lambert is likeable as the highlander of the title and the villain is quite memorable and steals the show.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This is a bad, bad movie that I really, really like. And I'm not embarrassed to say so.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A truly heroic stomp through time and space.
Matt Ford - BBC