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Cocktail Reviews

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Rupert Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
If a visitor from Mars needed a crash course in sexism, this would serve.
Lola Borg
Empire Magazine
May 21, 2013
Cruise oozes as much charm as in Top Gun and The Colour of Money, but the mix of bar-acrobatics and Caribbean love isn't anywhere near strong enough to get you drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
May 21, 2013
The philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote a book about the banality of evil. After seeing Cocktail, I want to write one about the evil of banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 21, 2013
Cruise's name on the marquee is plenty to insure the success of the film, even if it is lopsided, shallow, and slips the audience a Mickey Finn at the outset.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The more you think about what really happens in Cocktail, the more you realize how empty and fabricated it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
May 21, 2013
Perhaps the best one can say for this bland concoction mixed by agents and the studio executives is that every bartender in Hollywood wants to be Tom Cruise and that suffices as an ironic subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Puddle-deep and coated in neon.
| Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 21, 2013
Very, very stupid.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Contains nary a surprise.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Overall, it's ridiculous, but Cocktail is a real classic of the late-80s self-help moviemaking genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
At least Cocktail isn't offensive... unless you are insulted by losing two hours of your life -- two hours you'll never get back -- to a boring movie with the emotional depth of a Harold Robbins novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 11, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 29, 2012
It's the bartending antics and musical backdrops that make the film entertaining. Without them, "Cocktail" is just another beer gone flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2013
It may not be a megaton bomb, but Cocktail is definitely of the Molotov type.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 21, 2013
Cocktail is a bottle of rotgut in a Dom Perignon box.
Sarah Chauncey
June 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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