'Tropic Thunder' Critic Reviews

94%
MovieWeb:   48 reviews
83%
Rotten Tomatoes:   236 reviews
  • Time Out Sydney
    34
    Nothing but mild vulgarity mixed with explosions and entitlement, a piss-take on Hollywood excess that doubles as an example of it.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Todd Gilchrist IGN Movies
    60
    Tropic Thunder is an often hilarious return to form for Stiller after almost a decade of lackluster comedies, but it's also a wildly uneven effort that suffers from too much self-awareness to earn the status of bona fide classic.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Stratton The Australian
    70
    In the end, despite its flaws, this is a genuinely funny film, and there aren't that many of those around.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jake Wilson The Age (Australia)
    70
    Stiller never stops bombarding the audience with outrageous ideas, like a monkey throwing dung at a wall.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Des Partridge Courier Mail (Australia)
    100
    For an insider's take on the movie business, Stiller's action comedy has you laughing from the start...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jeff Bayer The Scorecard Review
    80
    Tropic Thunder is the biggest comedy of the year. It's also the funniest ... attack humor at it's best.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    42
    Big budget, big stars, big concept -- surprisingly little payoff.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Paul Byrnes Sydney Morning Herald
    88
    Ben Stiller's confidence as a director is growing; this is comedy on a grand scale, with huge effects and a big cast.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John Wirt Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
    88
    Even if Tropic Thunder doesn't move you to tears, it deserves your consideration.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lori Hoffman Atlantic City Weekly
    75
    ... director Ben Stiller gleefully severs the hand that feeds him in his vicious, funny Hollywood satire.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    88
    Downey Jr. steals the film as an actor's actor... it's a totally calculated "great performance," but not necessarily an easy or obvious one.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    75
    This film is genuinely uncomfortable. In fact, you may want to make sure you know the person you see this movie with very well.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    75
    This Hollywood industry parody features solid performances from Robert Downey Jr, Jay Baruchel and Tom Cruise and a generally funny execution.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    50
    A pretty good basic idea, but it falls a little short in execution.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    75
    This Hollywood industry parody features solid performances from Robert Downey Jr, Jay Baruchel and Tom Cruise and a generally funny execution.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    80
    Launches a relentless satirical attack on Hollywood, good taste and political correctness -- and emerges the winner in the resulting best-two-falls-out-of-three grudge match.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    50
    One part hilarious; one part offensive; one part too inside Hollywood
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Ebert & Roeper
    Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jules Brenner Cinema Signals
    70
    Stiller's parody on big scale war movies as a means to launch a healthy dose of crudity and raunch is well aimed at audiences in tune with shock satire.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rod Yates Empire Magazine Australasia
    80
    Finally, a comedy that has more laughs than the ones in its trailer.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Charles Koplinski Illinois Times
    100
    Not only one of the funniest films of the year but also one of the smartest.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Christopher Smith Bangor Daily News (Maine)
    75
    A daring, politically incorrect satire on the movie industry that turns out to be one of summer's loosest, funniest comedies.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Prairie Miller NewsBlaze
    Saving the best for first in the case of a radically raunchy pseudo-prologue, the most frightening episode in this jungle gross-out is not warfare, but Cruise's newly bald, hairy and paunchy bizarre update of his classic Risky Business musical romp.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    87
    Simple Jack is not a bone-headed pandering Hollywood idea of what a mentally handicapped person might be like, but a joke about how Hollywood often misses the point and underestimates its audience.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Gina Carbone Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
    75
    Make Satan's Alley. Do it now while Robert Downey Jr. is still Michael Phelps hot. The world needs more monk love set to Enigma.
    Full Review » 6 years ago