Reviews

Jun 16, 2020
It seems too many people participated to save the unsalvageable. [Full Review in Spanish]
Mar 19, 2019
The film fails at every level.
Mar 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.
Mar 19, 2019
Ishtar is cute, reasonably pleasant entertainment, but no motion picture oasis for Hoffman, Beatty or their fans.
Mar 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
Mar 19, 2019
One of the grossest miscalculations of the blockbuster era.
Mar 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.
Feb 26, 2019
So is the film merely a misunderstood messenger from God, or is it really just a barren desert of blind camel jokes?
Mar 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.
Aug 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.
Apr 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.
Jun 24, 2006
Wow, who woulda thought that this horrible movie could actually live up to its horrible reputation?!? Dang man, this was ONE BAD MOVIE!
Feb 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.
Feb 9, 2006
A failed attempt at doing a modern Bob Hope-Bing Crosby "Road" picture.
Feb 9, 2006
So bad it could almost have been deliberate. The faults are many, but the casting of Hoffman and Beatty as a talentless and tacky cabaret duo is fatal.
Dec 6, 2005
The best parts of Ishtar are Paul Williams goofy, purposely moronic songs, but they really aren't anywhere near as clever as the goofy catalog of Spinal Tap and Rutles classics that people still put into their disk players from time to time.
Oct 10, 2005
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