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Tropic Thunder (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 229
Fresh: 189 | Rotten: 40

With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 11

With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.

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Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails thanks to the giant egos of everyone involved in the production. Stiller stars as Tugg Speedman, an action hero trying to segue out of that genre. Jack Black plays Jeff Portnoy, a drug-addicted fat comic also attempting to change his image by taking on such a serious film. They star alongside Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the world's most awarded actors,

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Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, Etan Cohen

Nov 18, 2008

$110.4M

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All Critics (231) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (189) | Rotten (40) | DVD (26)

Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: CNN.com | Comments (5)
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Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.

October 18, 2008
Miami Herald
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But its better moments of self-referential snark, such as an ace cameo from Tom Cruise as an obnoxious studio exec, have the feel of a superior end-of-term revue.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For years now, onscreen and off, [Tom] Cruise has seemed like a bottle of barely contained crazy; now we know what happens when the cork comes out.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.

August 18, 2008 | Comments (6)
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Tropic Thunder is an easy film to enjoy. It appeals to the basest levels of humour without patronising its audience, while pricking the pomposity of the movie industry without going too 'meta' - this is far from self-fellation.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

perfectly parodies the 'kill everything in sight and then blow it up for good measure' summer movie mentality.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Comes down to exactly the same type of heroic finale they're supposed to be parodying in the first place. You bettah off renting Rescue Dawn.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A clever structure, glorious ensemble cast and above all conviction ensure that laughter will be rippling like thunder inside the cinema.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

There are a lot of sacred entertainment industry cows being sent to the slaughter, and Stiller & co. skewer every stereotype with vicious glee.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Not a third as "dark" or "ferocious" as it believes it is

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (8)
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July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Index.hr | Comments (8)

Sure, there are some moments when the plot falls right down a gun barrel, the comedy is too over the top and the jokes are downright gross. Still, in comparison to the other slapstick comedies this year, this movie-within-a-movie strikes above the rest.

July 7, 2009 Full Review Source: BET.com
BET.com

Sounds predictable and academic, but what's unexpected is how deftly Stiller manages to explore these issues and allude to war films from The Bridge on the River Kwai to Platoon to Rambo while still recognizing the value of a well-placed fart joke.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Tropic Thunder is one humongous vanity project for Ben Stiller. His initials aren't BS for nothing. If you can't get enough of bouncing Ben, Tropic Thunder is the movie for you. Ben Stiller acted in, co-wrote, produced, and directed Tropi

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (15)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Is this a comedy -- or a cry for help?

January 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ▄berCinÚ | Comments (5)
▄berCinÚ

Tropic Thunder turns out to be a very funny film with an immensely talented cast that will be the topic of any water cooler conversation.

January 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Stiller's parody of Hollywood opportunism and insecurities is fairly lacerating, but perhaps could've been more so had not the whole thing been played so broadly.

December 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Cruise is downright scary. It's the creepiest -- and most entertaining -- performance since his unforgettable appearance in that Scientology video.

December 21, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The action movie has been spoofing itself for years. Half of the time it's no even intentional. Ben Stiller's hilarious and surprisingly intelligent Tropic Thunder takes the genre spoof to a new extreme.

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Tropic Thunder focuses its satire on this Hollywoodization of war, as it depicts the production of a Vietnam genre film that's less "Platoon" than "Platoon Leader" with Michael Dudikoff.

December 6, 2008 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

A journey into Hollywood's heart of darkness.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Un excelente entretenimiento, realmente gracioso y divertido, que se permite tomarle el pelo a la misma industria de la que sale.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Even with its excess and undeniably heavy hand, this is a whole lot of fun as a satire of Hollywood, a take off on war/ action flicks and as a straight-ahead action movie.

November 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

... it attacks celebrity culture and the excesses of Hollywood filmmaking ... with a wink and slap on the back, celebrating that same culture as much as it ridicules it.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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Audience Reviews for Tropic Thunder

A group of jumped up actors are making a big-budget movie. The actors end up in the real jungle in Vietnam where they are kidnapped for ransom. Great cast. Tom Cruise steals the show with his dodgy dance moves and makeup. The ads before the movie are hilarious.
February 16, 2013
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Funny... but not as funny as some may say.
January 10, 2013
Albert Kim

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A very unique movie with an unforgettable performance by Robert Downey Jr. The whole cast does a great job, but Downey's Oscar worthy performance elevates this movie to another level. The odd dialogue requires a sharp ear to follow, but is absolutely hilarious if you keep up.
August 8, 2012
Sanjay Rema

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    1. Tugg Speedman: I was wrong! Blow the bridge! Blow the fucking bridge!
    – Submitted by Salim I (2 months ago)
    1. Alpa Chino: Hell nah, I ain't pee on nat girl. No no listen, here's the story she was in the way when I was peeing she walked past.
    – Submitted by Isaiah H (3 months ago)
    1. Kirk Lazarus: I don't read the script. The script reads me.
    – Submitted by Nick S (10 months ago)
    1. Les Grossman: Shut the fuck up & let me do my job!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (13 months ago)
    1. Kirk Lazarus: Me? I know who I am. I'm a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.
    2. Kevin Sandusky: What?
    3. Kirk Lazarus: You a dude that don't know what dude he is!
    4. Tugg Speedman: Or are you a dude who has no idea what dude he is and claims to know what dude he is?
    – Submitted by Swayamdeep S (14 months ago)
    1. Tugg Speedman: [to Kirk] Hold my hand Brother...
    2. Kirk Lazarus: [holds really dodgy looking sleeve without hands that Ben happens to be wearing]
    – Submitted by jade D (15 months ago)
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