War Dogs

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War Dogs rises on the strength of Jonah Hill's compelling performance to take a lightly entertaining look at troubling real-world events.

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With the war in Iraq raging on, a young man (Jonah Hill) offers his childhood friend a chance to make big bucks by becoming an international arms dealer. Together, they exploit a government initiative that allows businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts. Starting small allows the duo to rake in money and live the high life. They soon find themselves in over their heads after landing a $300 million deal to supply Afghan forces, a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people.

Cast & Crew

Jonah Hill
Efraim Diveroli
Miles Teller
David Packouz
Bradley Cooper
Henry Girard
Kevin Pollak
Ralph Slutsky
Steve Lantz
Security Guard
Gregg Weiner
Massage Client
David Packouz
Singer at Hilldale Home
Eddie Jemison
Hilldale Home Manager
Stephen Chin
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Todd Phillips
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Jason Smilovic
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David Siegel
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Brett Ratner
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Scott Budnick
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Critic Reviews for War Dogs

All Critics (229) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (139) | Rotten (90)

  • By the end we have warmed -- almost -- to the innocent villainy of two con folk serving a greater maladroit maleficence.

    December 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Utterly specious.

    October 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • By bantering with the lads and slapping their wrists at the same, War Dogs is left with countless rounds of illicit ammo and no clear satirical target.

    August 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hard to imagine a less imaginative rendering of this story.

    August 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There is certainly comic value in the way the two weed-smoking Miami-based friends somehow turn themselves briefly into "players" in the international arms business. Phillips tells their story with plenty of gonzo-style zest.

    August 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The satire hits with powder-puff force thanks largely to the film's ruinous lack of moral shading around David and Efraim's exploits.

    August 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for War Dogs

  • Jul 16, 2017
    Wolf of Wall Street meets Blow, but not as good as either
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2017
    Based on a true story, War Dogs is a fascinating crime drama about war profiteering. The film follows two former childhood friends who partner up to run an arms company that supplies the U.S. military, eventually conning their way into a multimillion dollar Afghanistan contract. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are especially good and Bradley Cooper delivers an impressive supporting performance as a mysterious foreign arms dealer. Additionally, the writing is really strong and does an impressive job at breaking down and explaining the arms industry. And, the soundtrack brings a lot of energy and excitement to the film, and helps to set the right tone. A smart and entertaining film, War Dogs explores how avarice corrupts and destroys lives.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2017
    I was surprised that this film came from the dude that did The Hangover. It was an interesting story although I don't think it was as good as Nicholas Cage's arms dealer film Lord of War. The relationship between Teller and Hill really drove the story. The in and out of the film performance of Bradley Cooper was also good. Give this one a go if you have some time on the weekend.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2017
    Sharing immense similarity to the 2005 film Lord of War, the formula has indeed been done before... but not in this manner. The movie is about guns, illegal arms deals, corrupt politicians, but ultimately a corrupt sense of what the American dream really is. Fortunately, this story is presented to us in a ridiculously entertaining fashion, mainly thanks to the outstanding performances of Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Not to mention Bradley Cooper as a stone cold gangster. It's funny, and pretty interesting; but it doesn't offer too much for the thinking man. War Dogs is like candy; you're not going to get much out of it, but it's a damn fun movie to watch. I can still hear Jonah Hill's downright stupidly funny laugh echoing in my head.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

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