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Tropic Thunder (2008)


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 230
Fresh: 190
Rotten: 40

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

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 38
Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 292,669


Movie Info

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, … More

R (for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material)
Directed By:
Written By:
Ben Stiller , Justin Theroux , Etan Cohen
In Theaters:
Nov 18, 2008
Box Office:
DreamWorks/Paramount Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Tropic Thunder

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (190) | Rotten (40) | DVD (26)

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.

October 18, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.

August 18, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Tropic Thunder is probably the best war-movie spoof of all time, playing around with all those cliches and conventions we've seen a million times before.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

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

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2010

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

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Full Review… | July 15, 2009

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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2009

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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
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

Full Review… | February 1, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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

Full Review… | January 12, 2009

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2009
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.

Full Review… | December 31, 2008
Window to the Movies

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

Full Review… | December 21, 2008
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.

Full Review… | December 8, 2008

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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2008

A journey into Hollywood's heart of darkness.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Film Snobs

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2008
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Tropic Thunder

This is the normal Ben Stiller fare. Throw in Jack Black and this is what you get. Downey I liked as the black sgt who is australian but really into his role. Other than that it really did seem like another Stiller flick. Same ol same ol.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Funny... but not as funny as some may say.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Tropic Thunder Quotes

Kirk Lazarus:
I'm a lead farmer mother fucker!
– Submitted by Jake W (2 months ago)
Kirk Lazarus:
You went full retard man, never go full retard.
– Submitted by CoolCatPat7 B (3 months ago)
Tugg Speedman:
I was wrong! Blow the bridge! Blow the fucking bridge!
– Submitted by Salim I (8 months ago)
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 (9 months ago)
Kirk Lazarus:
I don't read the script. The script reads me.
– Submitted by Nick S (16 months ago)
Les Grossman:
Shut the fuck up & let me do my job!
– Submitted by Matthew D (19 months ago)

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