Tropic Thunder Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 11, 2008
Stiller would have done better to call up a Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven Seagal -- both of whom could surely use the work. Either could have given the role some true meat and authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
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.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Not a third as "dark" or "ferocious" as it believes it is
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.0/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 25, 2008
Big budget, big stars, big concept -- surprisingly little payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Hazelton
Screen International
July 30, 2008
Produces some real laughs but was probably more fun to make than it ultimately is to watch.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 14, 2008
On the one hand, Tropic Thunder is a giant enema up Hollywood's butt, and on the other it's a bare bum joke which outlasts its welcome
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 28, 2008
A smart-alecky sendup of Hollywood in general and action films in particular, Tropic Thunder undeniably provokes quite a few laughs, but of the most hollow kind.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is a flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 17, 2008
Saving the best for first in the case of a radically raunchy pseudo-prologue, the most frightening episode in this jungle gross-out is not warfare, but Cruise's newly bald, hairy and paunchy bizarre update of his classic Risky Business musical romp.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 11, 2008
Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller's extravaganza of a Hollywood satire, couldn't be any more 'inside-baseball' if it contained references to the infield fly rule and Rule 5 draft picks.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 19, 2008
The Hollywood comedy Tropic Thunder comes at us like a mad army cresting a hill, intent on audience massacre. My advice: shoot first and don't wait for the whites of their eyes.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
September 15, 2008
Tropic Thunder, full of punchlines about Milli Vanilli and Being There, stitches the tired cultural references of one generation to the utterly debased expectations of their heirs.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 11, 2008
Ben Stiller used to be unafraid of pointed mockery, but nowadays he pulls his punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 13, 2008
An action comedy with unappealing characters and a fast pace that can't cover up its cynicism.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2008
Bad as both an action pic and as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2008
This comedy about movie-making that allows the cast to play knowingly with their careers and public personae. But the film feels only half as funny as it should be, falling back too often on big action sequences that are too ridiculous to work on any leve
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 13, 2008
When it isn't tossing softballs at the studios, Tropic Thunder is the very thing it parodies: a wall of noise engulfed in flame.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 19, 2008
But flashes of inspiration aside, Tropic Thunder just isn't that funny and looks like something that was more fun to make than to actually sit down and watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr
July 15, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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