Days of Thunder - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Days of Thunder Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
May 24, 2016
'90s race-car blockbuster has sexism, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
June 25, 2015
Dispensing with all notions that Days of Thunder is a critical work of any sort reveals its hollow and misogynistic underpinnings.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
May 20, 2014
Like the previous Simpson-Bruckheimer pictures, it's designed to give audiences an overdose of the thrill of victory; it wants us to jump out of our seats, pumping our fists in the air and roaring for the hero to pulverize his opponents.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2014
This is the kind of monstrously overgrown commercial movie that depends entirely on the microscopic pleasures of having one`s most routine expectations fulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2014
Whoosh!! Days of Thunder just streaked in, fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 2014
Not only does Days of Thunder disappoint on the basic narrative level, it is also a peculiarly thrill-less action movie. Shot from the driver's point of view, the race sequences lose their novelty as swiftly as a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 20, 2014
Days of Thunder does accomplish the job it sets out to do. It's sometimes funny, sometimes exciting and never too boring or offensive. In a disappointing movie season -- as this one has started out to be -- that can seem like quite an accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2014
Good writing by Robert Towne and a host of strong supporting performances complement the on-the-track visuals of director Tony Scott in giving us a sense of the leap of faith that is required by drivers at this level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 20, 2014
The original script must have been truly atrocious if Towne's contributions can be considered an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 20, 2014
The nerve of these people, recycling that story. No, the shrewdness of these people.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
May 20, 2014
Whatever they call this movie, it's nothing more than a puffed-up sequel to Top Gun. If you saw Top Gun, you can anticipate every twist and turn, every screeching spinout of Days of Thunder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 20, 2014
Days of Thunder wants to be an action drama, but it's really just a star vehicle of the most rudimentary sort, with nothing to offer Cruise except a chance to look pretty and chant time-tested punchlines.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 20, 2014
It's hard to enjoy a movie that is so predictable. Every time there's a race, you know who's going to win. Every time there's a knock at the door, you know who's going to be standing on the other side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 20, 2014
Days of Thunder lives up to its title in one respect. It`s big-time noisy. It`s also as empty as the stands at the Daytona 500 an hour after the race.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 20, 2014
Worse films than this have been smashes, so give it a spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 9, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 12, 2012
Trashy, formulatic thriller actioner, directed by Tony Scott, who had earlier helmed the 1986 Top Gun, which catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 28, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
April 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 5, 2009
Incredibly uneven yet basically entertaining...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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