'Tropic Thunder' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   48 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   236 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Tropic Thunder is a flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie feels like a consciously happy accident whose offenses are roughly balanced by actors gouging out their own narcissism.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    When it isn't tossing softballs at the studios, Tropic Thunder is the very thing it parodies: a wall of noise engulfed in flame.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    70
    The steady spray of jokes ricochets with machine-gun force, hitting dozens of worthy targets.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joanne Kaufman Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A gleeful, bumptious send-up of big-budget movies, big Hollywood egos.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    At its best, Tropic Thunder skewers impotent directors, fascist producers, prima donna stars and classic scenes from the camo-fatigues genre.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    Tropic Thunder is more consistently entertaining, and its best moments burn much brighter than those of Pineapple Express.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    At its best, mouth-agape moments, Tropic Thunder offers some insanely incandescent riffs on performance.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    After the dazzle of the early scenes, something droops and flags in Tropic Thunder.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    92
    Tropic Thunder is the funniest film of the year.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Tropic Thunder is an assault in the guise of a comedy -- watching it is like getting mugged by a clown.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
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