War Dogs Reviews

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September 22, 2017
Phillips borrows openly from Martin Scorsese's style for this kind of story, especially Goodfellas, but he's got the story to stand up to the style.
October 10, 2016
Utterly specious.
August 26, 2016
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
Hard to imagine a less imaginative rendering of this story.
August 25, 2016
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.
August 23, 2016
Emerges from a similar dark place as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short, but its howl from the abyss is muted.
August 22, 2016
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.
August 21, 2016
A diverting but by no means indispensable expose of the international arms black market.
August 21, 2016
Instead of outrage or any sense of shock and surprise, all the film has on offer is mild entertainment. Given the company, that feels like a bit of a miss.
August 21, 2016
The characters have no memories, no identities, no range of interests, no personal connections, no idiosyncrasies beyond the dictates of the plot and the numbingly clear point that the filmmakers use it to make.
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August 20, 2016
Since wrapping The Hangover trilogy, Phillips's creativity hasn't developed - it's devolved.
August 19, 2016
"War Dogs" starts off longing to shock us with its incredible tale. It ends up presenting its story so generically that it loses the quirky irregularities of real life. We can't be outraged because we're never really challenged.
August 19, 2016
War Dogs is that rare contemporary comedy that knows how to make a laugh stick in your throat.
August 19, 2016
I'm getting a bit weary of movies "based on a true story" that chronicle big-time scams by sleazeball upstarts.
August 19, 2016
It's a terrifying, towering performance, and one that would normally lend Hill toward Oscar consideration, if only the rest of the film matched his talents.
August 19, 2016
It's watchable popcorn entertainment and it goes down easy, but material like this should be challenging and should at least ask a few prodding questions.
August 19, 2016
Stop the presses: War makes people rich. Stop the movie: These people, who cares?
August 19, 2016
The fingerprints of The Big Short, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street are evident in the storytelling style. But War Dogs isn't in the same league ...
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August 18, 2016
War Dogs would probably have been more compelling if the filmmakers hadn't strayed so far from the true story. But they manage to slip a fair amount of interesting commentary between the blunders, bong hits and wartime near-misses ...
August 18, 2016
War Dogs is based on a true story, and even if you think you can't believe it, you sort of can. Efraim and David seem just ordinary enough, and just under-the-radar smart enough, to make their jaunty little schemes work.
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