Cocktail Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 21, 2013
Cocktail is a bottle of rotgut in a Dom Perignon box.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2013
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.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
May 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2013
It may not be a megaton bomb, but Cocktail is definitely of the Molotov type.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
May 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4

Film4
May 21, 2013
If they gave you this in a bar, you'd send it back.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 21, 2013
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 21, 2013
Very, very stupid.
Lola Borg
Empire Magazine
May 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 21, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 21, 2013
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2013
Cocktail is a meandering, shapeless film, without the force of character to resist any of the cliches that come its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 29, 2012
It's the bartending antics and musical backdrops that make the film entertaining. Without them, "Cocktail" is just another beer gone flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 14, 2012
A Razzie Award winner for Worst Picture (over Burt Reynolds' non-nominated Rent-a-Cop? Please.) and Worst Screenplay (more deserving).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Contains nary a surprise.
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Rupert Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
If a visitor from Mars needed a crash course in sexism, this would serve.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 11, 2003
Stupid vanity film for Cruise at his worst.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
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