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Tropic Thunder Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.
| Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2008
Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
September 19, 2008
But its better moments of self-referential snark, such as an ace cameo from Tom Cruise as an obnoxious studio exec, have the feel of a superior end-of-term revue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 18, 2008
For years now, onscreen and off, [Tom] Cruise has seemed like a bottle of barely contained crazy; now we know what happens when the cork comes out.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 18, 2008
Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 18, 2008
After the dazzle of the early scenes, something droops and flags in Tropic Thunder.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
August 16, 2008
Ben Stiller has here accomplished three stupendous feats: Van Damme muscles, his first funny movie since Zoolander, and his first brilliant movie ever
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 15, 2008
Tropic Thunder passes for "daring" in a movie era notably short on risk-taking. In the case of Downey, that daring is earned.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 15, 2008
A gleeful, bumptious send-up of big-budget movies, big Hollywood egos.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 14, 2008
Almost everything about the movie sounds sharper, funnier and smarter than it turns out to be.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 13, 2008
The rest of the movie never lives up to the hilarity of the opening, partly because the large-scale production smothers the gags but mostly because those gags are so easy to smother.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 13, 2008
Where Stiller the actor seems outmatched by the more expressive talents on display, Stiller the co-writer and director contributes a lively, layered comedy packed with cheap but hilarious goofs on Hollywood
| Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 13, 2008
There are some wildly funny scenes, a few leaden ones and others that are scattershot, with humorous satire undercut by over-the-top grisliness. Still, when it's funny, it's really funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 13, 2008
What keeps everything from imploding are Downey and Cruise, who are willing to push every audience button and damn the politically correct torpedoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is nothing but mild vulgarity mixed with explosions and entitlement, a piss take on Hollywood excess that doubles as an example of it.
| Original Score: 2/6
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 13, 2008
Anyone walking into Tropic Thunder looking to be offended by Downey's minstrel turn will soon find that the movie is two steps ahead.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 13, 2008
When it isn't tossing softballs at the studios, Tropic Thunder is the very thing it parodies: a wall of noise engulfed in flame.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is raunchy, raucous and riotously funny. But so acutely self-conscious that the effect is one of a stand-up comedian furnishing color commentary on his own act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 13, 2008
It is often very funny, and wittily on-target about the fine madness of moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is all over the place, but it's hard to get too tough on a Hollywood satire that in the end loves Hollywood so much that it's just not going to take any prisoners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 13, 2008
The steady spray of jokes ricochets with machine-gun force, hitting dozens of worthy targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 13, 2008
At its best, Tropic Thunder skewers impotent directors, fascist producers, prima donna stars and classic scenes from the camo-fatigues genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is an assault in the guise of a comedy -- watching it is like getting mugged by a clown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 13, 2008
This is Stiller's Hellzapoppin' Apocalypse Now -- the ultimate fighting machine of comedies-about-the-making-of-movies. It's raunchy, outspoken -- and also a smart and agile dissection of art, fame, and the chutzpah of big-budget productions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 13, 2008
At its best, mouth-agape moments, Tropic Thunder offers some insanely incandescent riffs on performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is more consistently entertaining, and its best moments burn much brighter than those of Pineapple Express.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 13, 2008
The movie feels like a consciously happy accident whose offenses are roughly balanced by actors gouging out their own narcissism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is a flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is ridiculous and deeply enjoyable, but it also flashes a mercilessly polished mirror at the "prestige" products that the movie business so glibly feeds us in order to reflect glory back on itself.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder is the funniest film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2008
Combines elements of There's Something About Mary ..., The Player and Team America: World Police, and yet almost nothing in Tropic Thunder is predictable or cliched.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2008
Though it certainly has a plot, Tropic Thunder is best approached as a series of skits stretched out to feature length, a film easier to appreciate for its clever parts than for any kind of coherent whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 12, 2008
Tropic Thunder works double duty. It's both a sharp satire of filmland's bigger-is-better mind-set and a prime example of the heavyhanded era it stands in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 12, 2008
Tropic Thunder is too much promise and not enough delivery.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2008
In the end Tropic Thunder is an expensive goof about an expensive goof, and the results are very impressive and fancy-looking....Too impressive, really, to fully unleash the humor in the situations.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 12, 2008
Think of all the ways you can hurt yourself laughing, as in fall down, split your sides, bust a gut, blow your mind. You get it all in Tropic Thunder, a knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 12, 2008
The film isn't perfect, but in an environment where things like The Love Guru and Step Brothers pass for worthwhile entertainment, Tropic Thunder puts a lot of comedy pretenders to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 2008
Stiller rounded up a cast of A-listers, took them to Hawaii and blew up $90 million worth of stuff. He made a movie about making a movie that no movie-maker should ever have made. And it's a riot.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 12, 2008
Gory, vulgar and wickedly funny. Easily the summer's best comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 12, 2008
Tropic Thunder will have you laughing much of the time, but it may also leave you wondering: Couldn't this have been done a bit better?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 12, 2008
It's the kind of summer comedy that rolls in, makes a lot of people laugh and rolls on to video. It's been a good summer for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2008
Stiller, Black and Jackson are all fine. Downey is great -- no surprise. Jay Baruchel, as a newcomer, holds the strained plot threads together, playing the only actor not so narcissistic that he can't see what's going on around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 11, 2008
Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller's extravaganza of a Hollywood satire, couldn't be any more 'inside-baseball' if it contained references to the infield fly rule and Rule 5 draft picks.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 11, 2008
Tropic Thunder is the funniest movie of the summer -- so funny, in fact, that you start laughing before the film itself has begun.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 11, 2008
A parody of war movies and a pinprick in the helium balloon of Hollywood egos.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 11, 2008
The Ben Stiller action-film parody Tropic Thunder is all over the map, but it's worth enduring the botched gags, formula plotting, and even the racism to marvel at the genius of Robert Downey Jr.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 28, 2008
A smart-alecky sendup of Hollywood in general and action films in particular, Tropic Thunder undeniably provokes quite a few laughs, but of the most hollow kind.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 28, 2008
A broad action comedy that manages to mix subtlety with satire.