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Starship Troopers (1997)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 22

A fun movie...if you can accept the excessive gore and wooden acting.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 6

A fun movie...if you can accept the excessive gore and wooden acting.



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Director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Total Recall) reunited many from his 1987 Robocop team for this $100-million science fiction adventure, adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October-November, 1959). After graduation, Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) volunteers for the Mobile Infantry to do his Federal service -- but also to win over his girlfriend, Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), who has signed with the Fleet Academy

May 19, 1998

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Lacks the courage of the book's fascist conclusions.

May 29, 2002 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)
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Lacking the sophistication of the average comic book, it compensates with panoramic attack sequences, reminiscent of the Japanese swarm attacks in American war movies.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A jaw-dropping experience, so rigorously one-dimensional and free from even the pretense of intelligence it's hard not to be astonished and even mesmerized by what is on the screen.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (4)
Los Angeles Times
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The action sequences are heavily laden with special effects, but curiously joyless.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (5)
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Massive, hilarious and thrilling. I went to lunch a few times with a girl who despised this movie. I was forced to conclude that she's not very smart.

July 25, 2011

Gory, scary, violent sci-fi is too intense for kids.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Starship Troopers" is a war satire that outshines even Kubrick's great film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (18)

...boasts a tongue-in-cheek, downright campy sensibility that ultimately pervades every aspect of the proceedings.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Insanely subversive...functions as a visually dazzling science-fiction action picture, a philosophical challenge, and a hilarious, incisive comedy. [Blu-Ray]

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Paul Verhoeven's satiric, 1997, sci-fi, war-movie romance is admittedly an acquired taste.

August 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Are these ever mean bugs!

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Comment (1)
Houston Community Newspapers

More effective as a satire than as an action extravaganza.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Utter stupidities and other scientific impossibilities litter the script like trooper body parts . . . [yet] the film does something right

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

What galls me is the film's marketing, moral and ideological cynicism.

September 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

Cut Paul Verhoeven some slack!

May 27, 2002 Full Review Source:

It's fun and empty but so much less vacuous than Men In Black.

June 14, 2001 Full Review

Repulsively thrilling and often downright hilarious.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

It's a cynical wasteland from beginning to end.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Comment (1)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

I don't think you'll get much bang for your money out of this sophomoric satire.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A nonstop splatterfest so devoid of taste and logic that it makes even the most brainless summer blockbusters look intelligent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comment (1)
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The enjoyment you get from watching Starship Troopers is similar to the pleasure felt from a loud 'ZAP' from a bug zapper. And about as deep.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter

Audience Reviews for Starship Troopers

The epitome of the cheesiest 90's action movie of all time. The entire tone, acting, style, and script was so cheesy that no gratuitous amount of blood, or "cool" looking action scene was able to redeem this junky movie.
March 24, 2012
Albert Kim

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Starship Troopers is one of those films that blends elements of Science Fiction, horror and comedy. The film is directed by Paul Verhoeven, director of Robocop. Starship Troopers is a visual feast on the eyes as a war between bugs and humans wages on. The film is heavy on special effects and it has a heavy dose of humour thrown in to soften the mood. With a film like this, you must not take the film so seriously therefore Verhoeven's use of humour is timed perfectly well. In the end Starship Troopers is simply just an action packed sci fi horror film with tongue in cheek moments. The end result is very well done and Starship Troopers is a terrific accomplishment in the genre. If you enjoy a different type of sci-fi film, then this one is for you. The film is very different from Robert A. Heinlein's book of the same name. Despite the fact that this is a different film from what the book is, Starship Troopers is a well crafted, cheesy popcorn action sci fi horror flick. The best performance of this film is Michael Ironside. The rest of the cast is decent, never anything good or memorable. There aren't any characters that you can relate to, so you don't really care if they live or die. The best way to describe this film is 90210 in outer space. Still for what it is, this is a mindless action horror romp that delivers effective blood, gore and a good time. This film stands out because it's over the top, and shocking. Hell, Starship Troopers is ridiculous, but that's what makes this film worth seeing in the first place.
February 16, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Highly underrated sci-fi adventure, that delivers some of the coolest and most exciting battle sequences ever made for the big screen. Just the fact that I've seen it about ten times by now should speak for how much I love it. What makes it so special and outstanding is that, unlike most other films within the genre, it actually has some genuine intelligence to it. Okay, so it's not Oscar-material script-wise, but it's got such an incredibly cool and exhilarating story, while cleverly satiring political propaganda films (like those produced by the Nazis during WWII). So don't mistake this for just another dumb action movie, because although it may look like one on the surface, this film has lot to say about war and the violence that comes with it. Furthermore, it's got some truly awesome special effects, which still look great and really spectacular by today's refined standards. Be sure to watch it on Blu-ray for the best possible viewing experience. Because as much of a visual treat as this movie is, it truly deserves to be seen in high-definition. An all-around amazing rollercoaster ride, that gets nothing less than my highest recommendation!
February 16, 2012
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Brilliantly violent film with super sharp effects and lots of Verhoeven trademarks all over haha the black satire is thick and fast with news reels all over the film showering you in a communist lifestyle that all must obey and join up to gain citizenship and basic freedom really. The uniforms of the federation are very Nazi-like and the whole film is full of propaganda and devotion to the 'federation'.
At the time the cast were unknown and that made it feel alot more realistic and not just a comic book conversion, they also fit their parts well and although alittle hammy they do a good job, right up till they each get splattered by a bug haha
The look is great and quite savage, the warfare is brutal and actually abit tense, the gore is topps and classic Verhoeven (just like Robocop).
A full bug riot all the way with almost non stop gun totting action and blood.
December 3, 2011

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    1. Zander Barcalow: One day, someone like me is gonna kill you and your whole fucking race!
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    1. Jean Rasczak: I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!
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    1. Johnny Rico: I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all!
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    1. Johnny Rico: What do I want a tattoo for?
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    1. Dizzy Flores: My mother always says that violence never solves anything.
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