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Cocktail Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Cocktail is a bottle of rotgut in a Dom Perignon box.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 21, 2013
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
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The pairing of old-hand Brown and young-hand Cruise may have been meant to remind us of Cruise and Paul Newman; if so, think of this as The Color of Counterfeit Money.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 21, 2013
Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Perhaps the best one can say for this bland concoction mixed by agents and the studio executives is that every bartender in Hollywood wants to be Tom Cruise and that suffices as an ironic subtext.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 21, 2013
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It may not be a megaton bomb, but Cocktail is definitely of the Molotov type.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 21, 2013
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

The philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote a book about the banality of evil. After seeing Cocktail, I want to write one about the evil of banality.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

May 21, 2013


If they gave you this in a bar, you'd send it back.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 21, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

With no fewer than 17 of Donaldson's favorite rock songs and a complete lack of dramatic impetus, Cocktail would fare better as an extended-play music video.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/4

May 21, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

If some other drug were treated this way in a movie, lots of outraged people -- including parents and politicians -- would be up in arms. But it's only alcohol, the reasoning seems to go, so it's all harmless fun.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 21, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Very, very stupid.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 21, 2013
Lola Borg
Empire Magazine

Cruise oozes as much charm as in Top Gun and The Colour of Money, but the mix of bar-acrobatics and Caribbean love isn't anywhere near strong enough to get you drunk.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

May 21, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Cruise is beguiling with his smile and his swagger, but the script doesn't take us anywhere fresh when it leaves the barroom.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 21, 2013
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cruise's name on the marquee is plenty to insure the success of the film, even if it is lopsided, shallow, and slips the audience a Mickey Finn at the outset.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 21, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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This vacant, misshapen film is basically an extended beer commercial that presents the world as a ludicrous place populated by sex-and-cash-and-booze-crazed zomboids. Cruise, meanwhile, comes off as a somewhat taller Spuds MacKenzie.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

May 21, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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Cocktail is a meandering, shapeless film, without the force of character to resist any of the cliches that come its way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 21, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

It's the bartending antics and musical backdrops that make the film entertaining. Without them, "Cocktail" is just another beer gone flat.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

June 29, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A Razzie Award winner for Worst Picture (over Burt Reynolds' non-nominated Rent-a-Cop? Please.) and Worst Screenplay (more deserving).

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 14, 2012
Variety Staff
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Contains nary a surprise.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Raven Snook
Time Out
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If a visitor from Mars needed a crash course in sexism, this would serve.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Stupid vanity film for Cruise at his worst.

| Original Score: 0/5

September 11, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It is an inane romantic drama that only a very young, very naive bartender could love. How it got that way is difficult to understand.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 20, 2003
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