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Ishtar Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2014
Maybe [it's] actually okay; maybe parts of it [are] even great.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2013
If Ishtar has a personal stamp, it's not in what it has to say about Reagan-era militarism, but in what it has to say about collaboration, and how well-meaning people can goose each other to greatness-and folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 8, 2005
Better then you've heard. Paul William's songs are genius.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2002
better than it's given credit for
| Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
Now come one, this movie was not bad.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
August 5, 2013
Ishtar is a failure on practically every level from its misguided narrative to its lack of humor to the absence of anything remotely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 19, 2009
A victim of its own hyped publicity and too harsh criticism, Ishtar is not the worst movie ever made or even a bomb, just a dim-witted silly comedy-thriller (with some good jokes) based on the casting against type of Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 24, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
February 16, 2006
The intentionally bad songs and the early scenes in New York City are amusing, but the movie totally falls apart once Beatty and Hoffman arrive in the fictional country of Ishtar.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
February 9, 2006
A failed attempt at doing a modern Bob Hope-Bing Crosby "Road" picture.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
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