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Biloxi Blues (1988)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 9,908



Movie Info

Biloxi Blues was the second of playwright Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical trilogy (number one was Brighton Beach Memoirs; number three, Broadway Bound). Matthew Broderick stars as Simon's alter ego Eugene Morris Jerome, who is drafted and shipped off to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in the waning days of World War II. Eugene is at the mercy of near-psychotic drill sergeant Toomey (Christopher Walken), who seems to have a personal vendetta against the poor schlemiel (Toomey also has all the … More

PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jan 27, 2004
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Biloxi Blues

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (5)

Broderick acts with a beautifully wary exuberance, full of a puckish vulnerability and anxious, twisted impishness.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Perhaps this movie isn't as wise or as profound as Simon wants it to be, but it is certainly a cut above sitcom complacency, and packed with wit and charm.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Playing a character perched precisely on the point between adolescence and manhood, Broderick is enjoyable all the way.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Suffice it to say it is suicidally against the grain.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With superb performances by Mr. Broderick and Christopher Walken, who plays Mr. Simon's nearly unhinged, very funny variation on the drill sergeant of movie myth, ''Biloxi Blues'' has a fully satisfying lif...[ END HERE ] of its own

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Overall Nichols, Simon and especially Broderick find fresh threads in the old fatigues.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The combination of Neil Simon and Mike Nichols has the pair of them back to somewhere near their best.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Empire Magazine

An intelligent, tightly constructed film which manages to satirize both the military and the process of growing up.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The acting honors are stolen by Christopher Walken.

Full Review… | November 12, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Odd blend of comedy and terrorizing between Broderick and Walken.

June 25, 2005

Great performances elevate Simon's amusing and nostalgic tale.

August 8, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Charts a Jewish boy's rite of passage into adulthood during 1943 as an Army Recruit.

Full Review… | July 15, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

A predictably charming and well-observed character study from Simon.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Excellent Performances, but not a shade on 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'

September 17, 2002

Broderick's great, Walken's the king, and Neil Simon supplies the words. Plus it's a great little military comedy.

July 27, 2002

Audience Reviews for Biloxi Blues

"Biloxi Blues is about Eugene Morris Jerome who is drafted and shipped off to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi near the end of World War II. Right off the train Jerome immediately falls under Sgt. Toomey's shit list. Jerome is sarcastic and Toomey is a little off in the head, so they really don't mesh well together. Toomey targets Jerome for most of the film making him the outcast along with his fellow soldier Epstein, who is constantly put on latrine duty. Jerome learns a lot about himself during his time in Biloxi and has a lot of firsts. I must admit that losing his virginity has to be one of the funnier moments in the film. The way he's climbing all over her like a monkey was pretty funny.
Walken and Broderick have great chemistry on screen and give really good performances. But Walken steals the show. The film is enjoyable and I really liked it. I would for sure see this again."


Super Reviewer

A warm and fuzzy version of the classic boot camp drama. Not to bad, but not that great either.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Another corny adaption of a Neil Simon play. It is horribly acted by Matthew Broderick, who cannot act outside of a John Hughes film. It is a terrible coming of age story and a dime a dozen. The only redeeming quality was a rather good performance from Christopher Walken as a drill instructor.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

In my own defense, it takes a little moxie to post a favorable review of this movie when every "critic" and their brother panned it.

So, do I have the moxie to do it? Do I have the big brass kahunas it takes to stand up and be counted? Maybe. Maybe not. What I do have is relative anonymity and that, my friends, is worth a pound and a half of moxie any day.

I like this film.

There, I said it.

Neil Simon's stage-play may have lost a little 'umph!' in the translation to the big screen, but if you've never seen the Broadway production then you'll never know the difference. Park Overall is good, Christopher Walken is great and Matthew Broderick is fantastic.

If you like Neil Simon's unique brand of comedy or if you like nostalgic takes on 1940's Americana or even if you just enjoy films about psychotic drill sergeants with plates in their heads, I think you'll get a kick out of Biloxi Blues.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Biloxi Blues Quotes

Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey:
"The moral to this story is -- when you get real horny -- do unto yourself as you would otherwise do unto others."
– Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey:
You're taking me on, aren't you? I have a nutcracker that crunches the testicles of men that take me on.
– Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey:
In the past twenty-one days, you boys have made some fine progress. You're not fighting soldiers yet, but I'd match you up against some Nazi cocktail waitress anytime.
– Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)

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