Ishtar Reviews

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June 16, 2020
It seems too many people participated to save the unsalvageable. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 19, 2019
The film fails at every level.
March 19, 2019
It is a smart, generous, genuinely funny affair. Sometimes, like the camel who almost ambles away with the picture, it's longish in the tooth, but it is based on an extremely astute vision of life.
March 19, 2019
There are three or four memorable sequences in Ishtar -- the purchase of the blind camel, the use of fake Arabic in an auction scene, and the first horrendous singing performance of stupid songs. But the film lacks pace and consistent tone.
March 19, 2019
Reasonably genial and diverting.
March 19, 2019
Ishtar is cute, reasonably pleasant entertainment, but no motion picture oasis for Hoffman, Beatty or their fans.
March 19, 2019
Ishtar is a good movie, but you can't help but wonder if, lurking somewhere in those cans of outtakes, there isn't a great movie, too.
March 19, 2019
This Elaine May comedy was the most underappreciated commercial movie of 1987. It isn't quite as good as May's previous features, but it's still a very funny work by one of this country's greatest comic talents.
March 19, 2019
Beatty goes along with the casting joke of playing the nerd sidekick to Hoffman's slick loverboy. But zany antics aren't his forte. Hoffman's impishness serves the film better until the sheer weight of the production grinds him down
March 19, 2019
Though far from a masterpiece, the movie is often hilarious in a sly, seemingly improvisational way.
March 19, 2019
One of the grossest miscalculations of the blockbuster era.
March 19, 2019
An incredible box office loser and, to be frank, far from great, Ishtar is still not nearly as awful as many would have it.
February 26, 2019
So is the film merely a misunderstood messenger from God, or is it really just a barren desert of blind camel jokes?
June 8, 2017
It's a film that resists categorization, staking a claim on a weird, absurdist territory of its own. For that, in the maddeningly generic landscape of '80s multiplexes, it was crucified. Now it's celebrated. And rightfully so.
November 8, 2016
This big, overblown comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty is thoroughly likable despite all the hype.
April 4, 2016
..an undeniably messy movie that you nonetheless want to treasure just for its oddball existence.
October 25, 2014
Maybe [it's] actually okay; maybe parts of it [are] even great.
March 17, 2014
The performances are endearing enough, the pacing is actually quite crisp and there is no shortage of zany silliness in the story. It just never gels.
August 24, 2013
The 1980s saw the release of so many truly atrocious films (Xanadu, Stroker Ace, Bolero, Shanghai Surprise, etc.) that it's absurd "Ishtar" became shorthand for the worst of the worst and continues to be blasted by folks who haven't even seen it.
August 9, 2013
Besides droll supporting work from an excellent Charles Grodin, Ishtar also gets a lot of mileage out of its terrible and terribly funny songs.
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