Ishtar Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
Maybe [it's] actually okay; maybe parts of it [are] even great.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
March 17, 2014
The performances are endearing enough, the pacing is actually quite crisp and there is no shortage of zany silliness in the story. It just never gels.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 24, 2013
The 1980s saw the release of so many truly atrocious films (Xanadu, Stroker Ace, Bolero, Shanghai Surprise, etc.) that it's absurd "Ishtar" became shorthand for the worst of the worst and continues to be blasted by folks who haven't even seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
August 9, 2013
Besides droll supporting work from an excellent Charles Grodin, Ishtar also gets a lot of mileage out of its terrible and terribly funny songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
August 6, 2013
If Ishtar has a personal stamp, it's not in what it has to say about Reagan-era militarism, but in what it has to say about collaboration, and how well-meaning people can goose each other to greatness-and folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
August 5, 2013
Ishtar is a failure on practically every level from its misguided narrative to its lack of humor to the absence of anything remotely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 19, 2009
A victim of its own hyped publicity and too harsh criticism, Ishtar is not the worst movie ever made or even a bomb, just a dim-witted silly comedy-thriller (with some good jokes) based on the casting against type of Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
February 16, 2006
The intentionally bad songs and the early scenes in New York City are amusing, but the movie totally falls apart once Beatty and Hoffman arrive in the fictional country of Ishtar.
| Original Score: 5/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 9, 2006
A failed attempt at doing a modern Bob Hope-Bing Crosby "Road" picture.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
Better then you've heard. Paul William's songs are genius.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 3, 2003
It's pretty bad, but not as bad as its legend.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
April 24, 2003
The real joke is that everyone involved is still in the movie business.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 19, 2003
The model for awful comedies
| Original Score: 0/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
January 31, 2003
Yes, it really does live up to the hype of its badness.
| Original Score: 0/5
David Poland
Hot Button
August 14, 2002
better than it's given credit for
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
Now come one, this movie was not bad.
| Original Score: 3/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 24, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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