It oughtn't be good, at least. Not with that script. And yet it's so much better than the combined quality of its elements.
| Original Score: 6/10
Trashy, formulatic thriller actioner, directed by Tony Scott, who had earlier helmed the 1986 Top Gun, which catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom.
| Original Score: C
Days of Thunder retains a few moments of startling competency, though overall it's an inconsistent feature film -- not always providing the thunder, though the Cruise is well taken care of.
A sad example of Hollywood at its weakest and a reminder that even today's pabulum, spoon-fed as it is in multiplexes, is rarely as bad as the early roaring 1990s.
| Original Score: 48/100
Incredibly uneven yet basically entertaining...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The story is predictably pedestrian, the conflict laughable and the dialogue too lifeless to be laughable, but closer to that than convincing or compelling.
| Original Score: 57/100
When it's on the racetrack, it's thrills abound as the big sound and fast-moving cars make for sensory overload. However, when the action fades and it's time to give the characters some meat.
An unofficial "sideways sequel" to Top Gun...except with national treasure Robert Duvall in the role of crusty mentor.
If you liked Top Gun, you stand a good chance of liking Days of Thunder.
| Original Score: 5/10
A film in desperate need of a pit stop.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
For die-hard Cruise fans and car mechanics only.
| Original Score: 2/5
Days of Thunder zigzags between exploiting Cruise's likable grin and charming vulnerability and portraying him as an emotional loser. It's an uncertain and unsatisfying mix.
There are plenty of soulless movies around. What's special about Days of Thunder is that it works overtime trying to convince you it's not one of them.
| Original Score: B-
No one really expects an action movie to resonate with profound meaning, but the shallowness of Days of Thunder is extraordinary even by genre standards.
| Original Score: 2/4
In 1990 the people who brought you Top Gun -- Tom Cruise, director Tony Scott, and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer -- figured out a way to take more of your money, and it involved stock-car racing.
The film's whole narrative structure begins to disintegrate on the second viewing, if it hasn't already done so on the first.
| Original Score: 1/5
A flashy, pre-packaged racing picture featuring stock cars and stock situations.
Completely preposterous (I had no clue that Nascar allowed essentially bumper car antics), but nevertheless entertaining.
| Original Score: B-
The beginning of the Tom & Nicole saga.
| Original Score: 3/5
Days of Heaven is a compelling adventure story and a riveting meditation on the soulscape of America.