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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.
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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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 21, 2013
Very, very stupid.
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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
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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
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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.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The more you think about what really happens in Cocktail, the more you realize how empty and fabricated it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Cocktail is mud in your eye.