YMMV / Xanadu

  • Critical Research Failure: Zeus and Hera claim not to know about human emotions. Y'know, the poster gods for Anything That Moves and Clingy Jealous Girl.
  • Cult Classic: This had the bad fortune to be made while disco was dying, and flopped as a result. These days it's a cult film with women who watched it on cable as young girls and gay men who liked the massive amount of camp, music, and the hopeful message in the movie.
  • Deader Than Disco: A literal example: the film was conceived and produced at the height of disco's popularity, but had the misfortune to come out at the exact time it's popularity nosedived. Critics destroyed it, and the general public was so sick of disco that they didn't bother. Had it not been for those young gay men who enjoyed it for the hot mess that it was, it'd have probably faded entirely into obscurity.
  • Ear Worm: Horrifyingly.
  • Genre-Killer: The movie's failure killed the musical as a creditable genre for almost 25 years.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: The stage version. Non-fans of the movie embraced it, while fans felt that all it did was explain the (unintentional) joke.
  • LGBT Fanbase
  • Periphery Demographic
  • So Bad, It's Good: Despite the film's many flaws, it manages to be entertaining. As a double-bill alongside Can't Stop the Music (another disco musical that toplined the Village People), it inspired John Wilson to create the Golden Raspberry Awards. Perhaps a telling sign of the film's quality is the fact that he admits to re-watching it once in a while.
    • Of course, the fact that Wilson named "Suspended in Time" the Worst Song of the Year is laughable.
  • Special Effect Failure
  • Vindicated by Cable: The movie was trashed by critics but it picked up its core audience on pay cable channels.
    • Especially in the early 80s era, when HBO (which until 1981 didn't even operate on a 24-hour schedule) had a very small library of movies to air.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Though considering the era, cocaine probably was involved, just not in the creative process.