Top Gun Reviews

May 16, 2019
The film's intensity mirrors the competitive and wild personalities of the pilots themselves. In this arena, the casting is on-target.
February 9, 2018
... "Top Gun" is terribly monotonous.
January 4, 2018
The movie, in short, hits its emotional marks, but it does so with such insistence that it feels less like real life than an object lesson in the architecture of the blockbuster.
February 7, 2013
There are elements that hold up - especially Cruise's blinding charisma. The aerial scenes are still thrilling, and perfectly suited to a giant screen. Everything else? Well, that depends on how nostalgic you're feeling.
February 6, 2013
The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film.
August 25, 2011
Whether you love Top Gun or hate it -- or hate yourself for loving it -- the fact is that when it became the top-grossing film of 1986, Hollywood in its infinite wisdom took all of the worst lessons from its success and overlooked what made it so... fun.
Top Critic
March 8, 2011
Top Gun is about the training of the Navy's best fighter pilots and their blooding in cold war incidents, and the only thing Director Tony Scott has not brought up to date is the story.
March 8, 2011
Every moment is hyped for maximum visual and visceral impact, but Scott doesn't display the slightest bit of interest (or belief) in the actual characters and situations.
July 7, 2010
Set in the world of naval fighter pilots, pic has strong visuals and pretty young people in stylish clothes and a non-stop soundtrack.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The story is risible, the direction routine, the underlying ethic highly questionable; but the flying stirs the blood like speed.
May 21, 2003
Once 'Top Gun... gets back to earth, the master of the skies is as clunky as a big land-bound bird.
January 1, 2000
The dogfights are absolutely the best since Clint Eastwood's electrifying aerial scenes in Firefox. But look out for the scenes where the people talk to one another.
January 1, 2000
Top Gun is the type of movie that turns the screen into an altar. Kneeling before its slick faade of 1980s magnificence, you are in the shadow of a film that has defined the modern day action blockbuster.