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Tank Girl (1995)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 23

While unconventional, Tank Girl isn't particularly clever or engaging, and none of the script's copious one-liners have any real zing.

36

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 7

While unconventional, Tank Girl isn't particularly clever or engaging, and none of the script's copious one-liners have any real zing.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 49,223

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Based on a popular British cult comic book, this film is the story of a futuristic feminist superhero and her fight to preserve the environment against an evil government bureaucracy. The action is set in the year 2033, after an ecological disaster of drought and pollution has ravaged the countryside, and water is scarce. Tank Girl (Lori Petty) is a sassy punker who has her own vintage tank in tow, along with other high-tech weapons. Her mutant friends join her in bizarre battles against the

Apr 10, 2001

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (23) | DVD (7)

Lori Petty does her tough-talking best to breathe some life into the comic-book action, but it's not enough.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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An aspiring cult film that would rather be cute than dangerous.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The movie version of the graphic comic book is a classic case of kitchen-sink filmmaking, in which the principals have thrown everything into the stew, hoping enough will stick to the audience.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Lori Petty does a nice job in the title role of this enjoyable 1995 feature based on the postapocalyptic SF comic book and set in the year 2033.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Generous souls may try to blame this travesty of the Deadline comic-strip on the studio execs who forced director Talalay to tone down and re-edit her cut.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Chief among its strong points is Lori Petty, a buzz-cut fashion plate in a Prozac necklace, who brings the necessary gusto to Tank Girl's flippancy.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Rachel Talalay's hyper direction and Lori Petty's hyper performance result in migraines; you also get an unrecognizable Ice-T as the most antagonistic of the Rippers and Iggy Pop in a fleeting cameo as a pervert with a penchant for 10-year-old girls.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The 'counterculture zeitgeist' vibe seems rather silly, more Sherwood Schwartz than Riot Grrrl, and not in a good way.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Unfunny, often painfully boring, and so blatantly low budget and poorly constructed...

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Ultimately, I had a lot more fun at this movie that I did at Batman Forever.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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April 9, 2008 | Comment (1)

How well you'll tolerate this utterly unhinged quasi-feminist comic book fantasy depends on your Lori Petty threshold.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ugh.

February 11, 2003 | Comments (3)
Aisle Seat

Unique and funny in the same time.

November 25, 2002 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A lot more fun than you'd think

August 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Annoying for readers of the comic who saw Tank Girl's 'history' being rewritten for the screen

July 27, 2001 Full Review
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A frenzied mess that's dull in the extreme.

June 27, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

I wanted to like Tank Girl, but I kept feeling that the filmmakers kept daring me not to like it, daring me to be un-hip.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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She may not be to everyone's taste, but she's certainly refreshing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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Audience Reviews for Tank Girl

I think this is the perfect example of an idea that worked better as an animated movie. Problem for this live action film is there are numerous animated sequences within the film which prove without a doubt that animated was definitely the way to go.

Credit where its due Lori Petty did a good job as the unhinged off the wall 'Tank Girl' with her ticks and facial madness. The film suffers from lack of originality and poor visuals throughout but Petty does manage to hold it together with her seductive emo like appearance and cute one liners.

This film suffers much like 'Johnny Mnemonic' (both 1995) in the fact they both show the usual unimaginative distopian future run by evil companies (or people) with the same types of ideas. 'Tank Girl' is much more obviously comicbook orientated with in your face flashy bizarre styles, fashions and attitude but the overused apocalyptic future thing lets them both down and always comes across as cheap n tacky looking if not done right.

Plot is basic and McDowell simply isn't much of a villain. There is never much of a threat going on, nothing to engage you and nothing to treat your eyes. The 'Rippers' (mutant kangaroos) also look pretty terrible and more like something from a bad 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' sequel but I did quite like the hologram idea for McDowells's villain towards the end, nice effect surprisingly.

As said before the animated sequences are far superior to the rest of the film, maybe a reboot is in order.
June 10, 2012
phubbs1

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God this movie is so 90s. Hell, depsite the fact that this is a kooky, ridiculous mess, the fact that it is so 90s is probably what makes it sorta charming and fun in its own way. I can definitely see why this is a cult favorite (for some).

Yeah, this adaptation of a comic is bad, but it's never boring. The performances are over the top, the movie's got a plot that's all over the place, and there's some really odd editing and a messy script, but, the film has some killer needle drops, it's got a fun charm to it, the actors look like they had a lot of fun making this, the costumes and sets are just kitschy as all hell, and pre-fame Naomi Watts is quite nice looking.

The plot has something to do with water shortages in a post apocalyptic world with rebels going against an evil megalomaniac, but none of that really seems to matter. The punk attiiude, crazy art direction and the camp value just seem to take priority, but in the end, you could find far less interesting films to watch than this one, even though I'm sure a far more focused and competant adaptation is probably what fans really want.
October 1, 2011
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A lot of people tend to dismiss this movie because of it's "comic book" feel and comic-book (really) transitions.

I enjoyed this movie a LOT, as it has the same "feel" as the original comic books I remember reading, and the same style of humor. It's very well done for 1995, the dialogue is well-scripted for the intent of the movie, and the funny stuff is actually funny. Some of the action scenes are a bit "campy" - but then again, they're *supposed* to be that way in this kind of movie. In addition, I thought the acting was excellent, and that Lori Petty (who played "Kit" in "A League of Our Own) Malcolm McDowell (practically legendary) and Naomi Watts were excellent choices for their characters, as were the rest of the supporting cast. Lori Petty hasn't been in anything "huge" since this movie, which is truly a pity as she is an excellent and versatile actress. Look for some interesting supporting actors, including Ice-T, Iggy Pop, and James Hong.

Listen to the comedic dialogue carefully - most of the punchlines are funny on several levels, which I found most refreshing, and you'll encounter a lot of funny double-entendre.

Don't look for a bunch of CGI computer effects in this movie. However, well-designed and imaginative props and sets give a good feeling of "authenticity" to the scenes, and the visual and special effects are excellent.

Don't bother critiquing little details and spurious claptrap like that with this movie - it sets out to be a comic-book-style fun action-adventure and accomplishes that goal magnificently. (The funniest thing is that the plot precept of a mega-corporation in control of the world's water supply is becoming more and more of a plausible idea and leads one to think of a possible metaphoric reference to the world oil situation) This movie might have been rated "R" at the time for adult situations & violence (and a little nudity), but I didn't notice a whole lot of "foul language", and I didn't really see much in the movie that wouldn't be put on broadcast TV today.

This movie has everything - good acting, evil villains, cute heroines, mutants, cool vehicles, explosions, big sets, a huge supporting cast, hilarious humor, great stunts, and even a classic musical number with a full chorus line! ("Let's Do It" by Cole Porter) It even pokes fun at beat poetry. All-in-all, well worth seeing.

If you like stuff like "The Wizard of Speed and Time", "Flash Gordon", "Johnny Mnemonic", "Space Truckers", "Ice Pirates", or "Yellowbeard" then you'll definitely love this movie. Even if you don't, see this movie anyway - it may change your mind about this genre.

From personal experience: "Chicks dig this flick."

Get the popcorn & enjoy.
April 23, 2010
YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

I?m not so sure how it all went so wrong? The comic is fantastic, a favourite of mine growing up in the late 80?s early 90?s. They don?t seem to have understood any of the characters and have cast it accordingly. I can?t think of any redeeming feature in this film apart from the little snippets of the comics but at the end of the day, they only highlight how badly the film has adapted. What a stinker!
October 2, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

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