Days of Thunder - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Days of Thunder Reviews

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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
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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
An earthbound Top Gun. In circles.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
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.
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Variety Staff
May 7, 2008
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.
Christopher Null
May 11, 2003
In Days of Thunder, Tom Cruise tries to do for NASCAR racing what he did for bartending in Cocktail. Which is to say: Nothing.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 12, 2001
Cars. Cars cars cars cars. Vroom! Vroom vroom vroom! Crash! Tom and Nicole have sex! Cars cars vroom vroom! Crash! Vroom!
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 26, 2008
If you liked Top Gun, you stand a good chance of liking Days of Thunder.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 26, 2008
An unofficial "sideways sequel" to Top Gun...except with national treasure Robert Duvall in the role of crusty mentor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Douglas Pratt
July 21, 2006
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
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 19, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 24, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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