Starship Troopers (1997)



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

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Paul Verhoeven has fashioned a visually spectacular, morbidly funny comic book adventure that seems to merge the fresh-faced youths of the Archie Comics with the save-the-planet mandate of “Buck Rogers.”

Rating: R (For graphic Sci-Fi violence and gore, and for some language and nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen, Edward Neumeier, Ed Neumeier, Anette Haellmigk
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 19, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Official Site


as Johnny Rico

as Dizzy Flores

as Carmen Ibanez

as Ace Levy

as Carl Jenkins

as Sgt. Zim

as Sugar Watkins

as Zander Barcalow

as Jean Rasczak

as Biology Teacher

as Gen. Owen

as Breckinridge

as Kitten Smith

as Captain Deladier

as Commanding Officer

as Mrs. Rico

as Corporal Bronski

as Lt. Willy

as Corporal Birdie

as Net Correspondent

as Sky Marshall Dienes

as Sky Marshall Meru

as Fed Net Announcer

as Recruiting Sergeant

as Lanny

as Pilot Cadet

as Engineering Officer

as Young Cap Trooper

as Little Boy Trooper

as Late Cadet

as Communications Offic...

as General

as Officer with Morita

as Student

as Jumpball Referee

as Young Mother

as Stomping Kid

as Stomping Kid

as Stomping Kid

as Stomping Kid

as Female Trooper

as Male Trooper

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Critic Reviews for Starship Troopers

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (18)

Lacks the courage of the book's fascist conclusions.

Full Review… | May 29, 2002
Top Critic

Lacking the sophistication of the average comic book, it compensates with panoramic attack sequences, reminiscent of the Japanese swarm attacks in American war movies.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Maybe the filmmakers are so lost in their slambang visual effects that they don't give a hoot about the movie's scariest implications.

January 1, 2000
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

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!

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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