Days of Thunder Reviews

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
May 20, 2014
Like the previous Simpson-Bruckheimer pictures, it's designed to give audiences an overdose of the thrill of victory; it wants us to jump out of our seats, pumping our fists in the air and roaring for the hero to pulverize his opponents.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2014
This is the kind of monstrously overgrown commercial movie that depends entirely on the microscopic pleasures of having one`s most routine expectations fulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2014
Whoosh!! Days of Thunder just streaked in, fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 2014
Not only does Days of Thunder disappoint on the basic narrative level, it is also a peculiarly thrill-less action movie. Shot from the driver's point of view, the race sequences lose their novelty as swiftly as a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 20, 2014
Days of Thunder does accomplish the job it sets out to do. It's sometimes funny, sometimes exciting and never too boring or offensive. In a disappointing movie season -- as this one has started out to be -- that can seem like quite an accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2014
Good writing by Robert Towne and a host of strong supporting performances complement the on-the-track visuals of director Tony Scott in giving us a sense of the leap of faith that is required by drivers at this level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 20, 2014
The original script must have been truly atrocious if Towne's contributions can be considered an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 20, 2014
The nerve of these people, recycling that story. No, the shrewdness of these people.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 7, 2008
Days of Thunder zigzags between exploiting Cruise's likable grin and charming vulnerability and portraying him as an emotional loser. It's an uncertain and unsatisfying mix.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 7, 2008
There are plenty of soulless movies around. What's special about Days of Thunder is that it works overtime trying to convince you it's not one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
In 1990 the people who brought you Top Gun -- Tom Cruise, director Tony Scott, and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer -- figured out a way to take more of your money, and it involved stock-car racing.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A flashy, pre-packaged racing picture featuring stock cars and stock situations.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's one thing to market a film solely on the strength of its star. It's quite another to go ahead and make the film that way.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer have raised formula films to a science.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Exactly what it promises to be: Not Much -- but at dizzying speed, stripped down and free of wind-resistant subtlety. There's a certain integrity to that. A certain deafening integrity.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The flash is still there, but Towne has added a layer of substance underneath, and in generous enough helpings that you can let the picture vamp you, ravage you, without hating yourself afterward.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An entertainment of great skill but predictable construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4