Starship Troopers

1997

Starship Troopers

Critics Consensus

A fun movie...if you can accept the excessive gore and wooden acting.

63%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 63

70%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 224,116
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Movie Info

Paul Verhoeven has fashioned a visually spectacular, morbidly funny comic book adventure that seems to merge the fresh-faced youths of the Archie Comics with the save-the-planet mandate of ÒBuck Rogers.Ó

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Cast

Casper Van Dien
as Johnny Rico
Dina Meyer
as Dizzy Flores
Denise Richards
as Carmen Ibanez
Jake Busey
as Ace Levy
Neil Patrick Harris
as Carl Jenkins
Clancy Brown
as Sgt. Zim
Seth Gilliam
as Sugar Watkins
Patrick Muldoon
as Zander Barcalow
Michael Ironside
as Jean Rasczak
Rue McClanahan
as Biology Teacher
Marshall Bell
as Gen. Owen
Eric Bruskotter
as Breckinridge
Matt Levin
as Kitten Smith
Brenda Strong
as Captain Deladier
Dean Norris
as Commanding Officer
Lenore Kasdorf
as Mrs. Rico
Teo
as Corporal Bronski
Steven Ford
as Lt. Willy
Ungela Brockman
as Corporal Birdie
Greg Travis
as Net Correspondent
Bruce Gray
as Sky Marshall Dienes
Denise Dowse
as Sky Marshall Meru
John Cunningham
as Fed Net Announcer
Robert David Hall
as Recruiting Sergeant
Brad Kane
as Lanny
Amy Smart
as Pilot Cadet
Patrick Bishop
as Engineering Officer
Hunter Bodine
as Young Cap Trooper
Travis Lowen
as Little Boy Trooper
Patrick Wolff
as Late Cadet
Mara Duronslet
as Communications Officer
Dale Dye
as General
Michael Stokey
as Officer with Morita
Tyrone Tann
as Student
Ronald L. Botchan
as Jumpball Referee
Stephanie Erb
as Young Mother
Alexi Lakatos
as Stomping Kid
Nathaniel Marshall
as Stomping Kid
Austin Sanderford
as Stomping Kid
Rhiannon Vigil
as Stomping Kid
Mylin Brooks
as Female Trooper
Armand Darrius
as Male Trooper
Kai Lennox
as Male Trooper
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Critic Reviews for Starship Troopers

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (23)

  • Lacks the courage of the book's fascist conclusions.

    May 29, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Lacking the sophistication of the average comic book, it compensates with panoramic attack sequences, reminiscent of the Japanese swarm attacks in American war movies.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • A jaw-dropping experience, so rigorously one-dimensional and free from even the pretense of intelligence it's hard not to be astonished and even mesmerized by what is on the screen.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Maybe the filmmakers are so lost in their slambang visual effects that they don't give a hoot about the movie's scariest implications.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Flawed but fun.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Manages to be both fun and shocking -- sometimes in the same shot.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Starship Troopers

  • Nov 25, 2015
    I give it a solid 3-3.5. A military, Nazi-esque propaganda film, as if from within the deranged universe [that we never really see] that the film takes place in. Likely with the intent of recruiting new troopers. On this level of old-style, unsubtle propaganda, I suppose it is successful. However, although that makes the film clever, it does not mean I overly enjoy or connect to sitting through such propaganda pieces. It was reasonably enjoyable but its limits as a film are directly proportional to its success in what it aims to do. As a pro-military [satire-played-straight] piece it eschews nearly all sensitivity and can be gruesome and disturbing in the thoughtless violence. Again, though, this is a success going by the premise of the existence of the film. As an aside, it is noteworthy and actually genuinely admirable the gender neutrality/equality of the film in terms of the portrayal of the characters within the film... I find it fantastically refreshing the way that was played out. So strange, for such a backwards-looking film to have such a forward-looking idea played so well. In any case: the film is solid but its enjoyment has limits set by its very premise.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2015
    A rare example of when a bad adaptation of a book winds up making a good standalone movie. Near Kubrick-ian in its wartime satire, Starship Troopers is, before it is anything else, fun.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2012
    "Starship Troopers" mainly exists as science fiction fodder for those that care to indulge. As far as the acting goes, the characters might as well be cardboard cutouts or action figures fighting the realistic looking, yet lackluster bugs that continuously swarm in the same manner until their attacks are completely telegraphed and shockless.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2012
    Starship Troopers is cheesy, ridiculous, and campy...and gloriously so. The film goes for a satirical, B-movie aesthetic and uses the tropes of the genre brilliantly. The story follows a group of high school graduates who enlist in the military and end up going to war with a bug planet intent on destroying Earth. The cast features Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Dina Meyer, and Michael Ironside, who all give stereotypical performances that work perfectly with the tone of the film. And, director Paul Verhoeven does a great job delivering fun action scenes. While it's not serious science fiction, it never pretends to be. Starship Troopers delivers a big dumb action film, and does it well.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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