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Stripes Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
April 26, 2016
Comic '80s military romp has violence, nudity, language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
December 18, 2015
The premise and star remain out of whack until the rambling, diffuse screenplay finally struggles beyond basic training.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 29, 2014
Benefits immensely from being graded on a curve: it's no Ghostbusters, but it's no Police Academy either.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Fernando F. Croce
September 25, 2009
Murray's insouciant Sixties clowning survives being parachuted into the Eighties
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TIME Magazine
October 5, 2008
Stripes will keep potential felons off the streets for two hours. Few people seem to be asking, these days, that movies do more.

TV Guide
April 1, 2008
An often hilarious film that provided Bill Murray with a perfect opportunity in which to display his comedic skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2008
The balance of the film consists of time-tested commercial material, most of which is still working fine.

April 1, 2008
With a cast that consists largely of Saturday Night Live veterans, laughs are guaranteed, not least from a hilarious Murray.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
[Reitmam] manages a reasonable success rate at pulling off the numerous verbal and sight gags with which the script is peppered.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
The first hour of Stripes is side-splittingly hilarious. Unfortunately, it fizzles a bit once Warren Oates' Sgt. "The Big Toe" Hulka disappears.
| Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
August 24, 2005
Murray's initial transition from the small screen is a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Weinkauf
August 12, 2005
My personal fave military movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
May 27, 2005
One major difference between the slob comedies of yesteryear and the ones of today is that of simple craftsmanship. As in, Stripes has some.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Clint Morris
March 31, 2005
Murray at his laugh-a-minute best....if there's a comedy classic, this is it
| Original Score: 3/5
David Bezanson
January 15, 2005
Murray's insouciant performance carries the movie and has inspired countless imitators, from the young Tom Hanks to Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
An anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It's a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Mr. Murray hasn't yet reached the point at which his routines can be sustained for more than 10 minutes at a time. But he has achieved a sardonically exaggerated calm that can be very entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Who called Ivan Reitman "the king of comedy" and what drugs were they taking?
| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 11, 2003
Am I the only person alive that realizes this movie blows? Bill Murray is a standout, nonetheless.
| Original Score: 1/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Basic training hadn't been this much fun since Laurel and Hardy joined up.
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