• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ben Stiller
    In Theaters:
    Aug 13, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 18, 2008
  • DreamWorks/Paramount Studios

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Tropic Thunder Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 18, 2008
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B+

October 18, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Ben Walters
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

September 19, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

September 18, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.

August 18, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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After the dazzle of the early scenes, something droops and flags in Tropic Thunder.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 18, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Tropic Thunder passes for "daring" in a movie era notably short on risk-taking. In the case of Downey, that daring is earned.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

August 15, 2008
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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A gleeful, bumptious send-up of big-budget movies, big Hollywood egos.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 15, 2008
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Almost everything about the movie sounds sharper, funnier and smarter than it turns out to be.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 14, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The rest of the movie never lives up to the hilarity of the opening, partly because the large-scale production smothers the gags but mostly because those gags are so easy to smother.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 13, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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There are some wildly funny scenes, a few leaden ones and others that are scattershot, with humorous satire undercut by over-the-top grisliness. Still, when it's funny, it's really funny.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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What keeps everything from imploding are Downey and Cruise, who are willing to push every audience button and damn the politically correct torpedoes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Tropic Thunder is nothing but mild vulgarity mixed with explosions and entitlement, a piss take on Hollywood excess that doubles as an example of it.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

August 13, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Anyone walking into Tropic Thunder looking to be offended by Downey's minstrel turn will soon find that the movie is two steps ahead.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 13, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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When it isn't tossing softballs at the studios, Tropic Thunder is the very thing it parodies: a wall of noise engulfed in flame.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 13, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Tropic Thunder is raunchy, raucous and riotously funny. But so acutely self-conscious that the effect is one of a stand-up comedian furnishing color commentary on his own act.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It is often very funny, and wittily on-target about the fine madness of moviemaking.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Tropic Thunder is all over the place, but it's hard to get too tough on a Hollywood satire that in the end loves Hollywood so much that it's just not going to take any prisoners.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The steady spray of jokes ricochets with machine-gun force, hitting dozens of worthy targets.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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At its best, Tropic Thunder skewers impotent directors, fascist producers, prima donna stars and classic scenes from the camo-fatigues genre.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Tropic Thunder is an assault in the guise of a comedy -- watching it is like getting mugged by a clown.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This is Stiller's Hellzapoppin' Apocalypse Now -- the ultimate fighting machine of comedies-about-the-making-of-movies. It's raunchy, outspoken -- and also a smart and agile dissection of art, fame, and the chutzpah of big-budget productions.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

August 13, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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At its best, mouth-agape moments, Tropic Thunder offers some insanely incandescent riffs on performance.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 13, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Tropic Thunder is more consistently entertaining, and its best moments burn much brighter than those of Pineapple Express.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

August 13, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie feels like a consciously happy accident whose offenses are roughly balanced by actors gouging out their own narcissism.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Tropic Thunder is ridiculous and deeply enjoyable, but it also flashes a mercilessly polished mirror at the "prestige" products that the movie business so glibly feeds us in order to reflect glory back on itself.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 13, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Tropic Thunder is a flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

August 13, 2008
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Tropic Thunder is the funniest film of the year.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A

August 13, 2008
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Combines elements of There's Something About Mary ..., The Player and Team America: World Police, and yet almost nothing in Tropic Thunder is predictable or cliched.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 12, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though it certainly has a plot, Tropic Thunder is best approached as a series of skits stretched out to feature length, a film easier to appreciate for its clever parts than for any kind of coherent whole.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 12, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Tropic Thunder works double duty. It's both a sharp satire of filmland's bigger-is-better mind-set and a prime example of the heavyhanded era it stands in.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Tropic Thunder is too much promise and not enough delivery.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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In the end Tropic Thunder is an expensive goof about an expensive goof, and the results are very impressive and fancy-looking....Too impressive, really, to fully unleash the humor in the situations.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Think of all the ways you can hurt yourself laughing, as in fall down, split your sides, bust a gut, blow your mind. You get it all in Tropic Thunder, a knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The film isn't perfect, but in an environment where things like The Love Guru and Step Brothers pass for worthwhile entertainment, Tropic Thunder puts a lot of comedy pretenders to shame.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Stiller rounded up a cast of A-listers, took them to Hawaii and blew up $90 million worth of stuff. He made a movie about making a movie that no movie-maker should ever have made. And it's a riot.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Gory, vulgar and wickedly funny. Easily the summer's best comedy.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Tropic Thunder will have you laughing much of the time, but it may also leave you wondering: Couldn't this have been done a bit better?

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

August 12, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's the kind of summer comedy that rolls in, makes a lot of people laugh and rolls on to video. It's been a good summer for that.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Stiller, Black and Jackson are all fine. Downey is great -- no surprise. Jay Baruchel, as a newcomer, holds the strained plot threads together, playing the only actor not so narcissistic that he can't see what's going on around him.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

August 11, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Tropic Thunder is the funniest movie of the summer -- so funny, in fact, that you start laughing before the film itself has begun.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

August 11, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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A parody of war movies and a pinprick in the helium balloon of Hollywood egos.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 11, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The Ben Stiller action-film parody Tropic Thunder is all over the map, but it's worth enduring the botched gags, formula plotting, and even the racism to marvel at the genius of Robert Downey Jr.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

August 11, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 28, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A broad action comedy that manages to mix subtlety with satire.

July 28, 2008
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