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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"War Dogs" follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military--a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.


Jonah Hill
as Efraim Diveroli
Miles Teller
as David Packouz
Kevin Pollak
as Ralph Slutsky
Bradley Cooper
as Henry Girard
Shaun Toub
as Marlboro
JB Blanc
as Bashkim
Brenda Koo
as Vanessa
Eddie Jemison
as Hilldale Home Manager
Andrei Finti
as Yili Pinari
Edson Jean
as Drug Dealer
Steve Lantz
as Security Guard
Dan Bilzerian
as Dan Bilzerian
Ali Chen
Ashley Rae Spillers
as Rosen's Wife
Patrick St. Esprit
as Captain Philip Santos
Jeff Pierre
as Money Room Soldier
Benny Figgins
as Casino Dealer
Mircea Stoian
as Albanian General
Bogdan Albulescu
as Warehouse Worker
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Critic Reviews for War Dogs

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (137) | Rotten (89)

  • Utterly specious.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

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

    Aug 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Preoccupied with reassuring the audience of its savvy satirical credentials by perpetually telling us how amoral arms dealing is - but yet how funny and cool these particular arms dealers are.

    Aug 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Emerges from a similar dark place as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short, but its howl from the abyss is muted.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • At best, War Dogs is a missed creative opportunity; at worst, it's a quasi-celebration of two vile schemers, one that ignores the brutality of the world they capitalized on.

    Aug 22, 2016 | 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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