Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Critics Consensus

While WTF is far from FUBAR, Tina Fey and Martin Freeman are just barely enough to overcome the picture's glib predictability and limited worldview.

68%

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Total Count: 205

55%

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User Ratings: 22,397
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SNL alumni Tina Fey steps into the well worn shoes of journalist Kim Barker in Paramount Pictures' adaptation of Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which details her years as a reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan beginning in 2002.

Cast

Tina Fey
as Kim Barker
Martin Freeman
as Iain MacKelpie
Christopher Abbott
as Fahim Ahmadzai
Billy Bob Thornton
as General Hollanek
Alfred Molina
as Ali Massoud Sadiq
Nicholas Braun
as Tall Brian
Sheila Vand
as Shakira Khar
Cherry Jones
as Geri Taub
Scott Takeda
as Ed Faber
Eli Goodman
as Tucker Wang
Monique Candelaria
as Gerl's Receptionist
Matthew Page
as Captain Stern
Thomas Kretschmann
as Airplane Passenger
Lauren Myers
as Woman with Penicillin Scrip
Stafford Douglas
as Sgt. Gundacker
Roman Mitichyan
as Lt. Sanocki
John Trejo
as Force Recon Sergeant
Steve Larese
as On-Air News Anchor
Julianne Medina
as Wedding Girl
Andres Segura
as Private Vides
Zarif Kabier
as Ass-Pincher
Bernardo P. Saracino
as Jaweed's Friend
Dylan Kenin
as Antoine
Di Zhu
as Deng Wenge
Lauren Poole
as Embassy Guest
Soraya Kelley
as Afghan Woman
Hank Rogerson
as Embassy Guest
Martin Palmer
as Afghan Elder
Tommy Truex
as CPL. Caswell
Alan Humphrey
as US Embassy Guest
Gerry Medina
as Wedding Woman
Anthony Martins
as Taliban #1
Brian Barela
as Military Contractor
Omid Zader
as Taliban #2
Katlynn Wilmott
as Reporter - Fun House
Mustafa Haidari
as Riot Interviewee
Kenneth Miller
as Force Recon Team Leader
Jetto Dorsainville
as British Soldier
Saneh Boothe
as Angry Afghan Woman
Gregory Paul Valdez
as Coalition Forces
Monica Sanchez
as Woman in Suit
William Sterchi
as NGO Stoner
Fred Padilla
as Party Bartender
Ibrahim Elkest
as Afghan Police
Elizabeth M. Kallman
as Wedding Dancer
Ron Weisberg
as Navy Corpman
Eric Steinig
as Force Recon Officer
Gustavo Montes
as Afghan Driver
Laura-Love Tode
as Embassy Alpha Girl
Michael E. Stogner
as US Embassy Guest
Ray Hounsell
as Crewman
James E. Lane
as Journalist-Stoner
Tad Jones
as Sky News Reporter
Kevin Collins
as Sensor Operator
Jonathan Lane
as Reporter
Eric Hooper
as Passenger
Derek Blakeney
as Funhouse Party Guest
Amberlee Toney
as ZNN PA #2
Christopher Atwood
as Drunk Random Guy
Jameson Macmillan
as Beer Pong Guy/Lotus Patron
Lance Blea
as Afghan Police
Juan Carlos Mora
as Afghan Cop
Murad Kirdar
as Foreign Diplomat
Shaun Daley
as Journalist-Stoner
Eric E. Griego
as Airport Information Officer
Michael Benjamin Kirby
as Military Contractor
Ciara Bergman
as Medical Tech
Cliff Gravel
as Ex-Patriot
Darrick Hurst
as Journalist
Brandon Cekander
as Afghan Businessman
Mateo T. Trujillo
as Coughlin's Kid
Vanessa Martinez
as Wedding Guest
Josh LaCombe
as Reporter
Clint Obenchain
as Sheep Herder
Carlo Armendariz
as Airplane Passenger
Kenneth Ham
as Afghan Man in Kabul Street
Becky Hooper
as Passenger
Cody W.L. Smith
as British Royal Marine Commando
Benecio E. Trujillo
as Coughlin's Kid
Charles Jimenez
as Taxi Driver (Embassy Scene)
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Critic Reviews for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (139) | Rotten (66)

  • It's a morally messy premise. Afghanistan is not Colin Firth. War is not Love Actually. And that is the problem with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which is overall a charming comedy about a terrible war.

    Jul 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The film is neither serious enough nor seriously funny. The farce needs to be blacker.

    May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Cutting humour but the film fails to take that final leap.

    May 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • With so many ideas in play, the film is never dull. Sometimes it's also funny, perceptive and nuanced. Things get deeper and dirtier as it rolls on, but not really clearer, in terms of purpose.

    May 11, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film offers a fresh look at the adrenaline-laced lifestyle of war correspondents and a timely criticism of TV news. And it delivers some laughs, too.

    Apr 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Writer and actress tilt between insecurity and bravado, employing dry, observational humour tinged with occasional sentimental flashes only outwardly out of character.

    Mar 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

  • Oct 20, 2017
    Even with Tiny Fey as the protagonist, you shouldn't expect a waterfall of gags. The humor is much more subtle than we're used from her, but it's still typical Fey. The movie takes its setting very seriously, though. The story is based on real events and does not shy away from showing the ugly sides of a war. But, very much like life itself, tragedy and comedy are sometimes closer than you'd expect. The cast has a few really big names to offer and the ending is just perfect. Overall a very satisfying experience.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2017
    I watched this because of Tina Fey - after all, who doesn't love Tina Fey? - and really she's pretty much the only reason you'd need to see this true story adaptation. Frankly, the woman she portrays has numerous unenviable characteristics, like insensitivity towards the well-being of others, and a pursuit of career while ignoring the world around her. I'm sure this American journalist who spent four years in Iraq had many memorable experiences, but not every biography Is worth cinematic treatment.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2016
    I always enjoy a Tina Fey movie when the chance presents itself. Her writing and producing is usually above average and she was always one of my favorites on network TV. The problem with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, aside from the name being completely lost on me outside of the WTF acronym, is I couldn't tell if I was watching a drama infused with some comedy or a comedy infused with some drama. There's nothing worse than watching a movie for two hours and not knowing whether it's appropriate to laugh or not. I enjoy watching movies about informative periods in my time I'm not always the most up-to-date on, like the war in Afghanistan. It truly was overshadowed by Iraq during the mid 2000's, and while most people understand it as the hotbed for the Taliban and Osama, it appeared there was more to it behind the scenes of the media. Insert Kim Barker (Tina Fey) and her small band of press colleagues. We are rushed through much of their character background, so there's never really a true moment to feel for or bond with any character over the two hours. The events that play out (even without having prior knowledge) are predictable and sort of uninspiring. Fey and her co-stars do just enough on their unfocused script to keep you slightly entertained off their charisma, but despite being a fan of all the players involved (Freeman & Robbie to boot), there's just not enough focus here to give WTF more than a glance.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer

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