Vincent Canby - New York Times
Cocktail is mud in your eye.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
The more you think about what really happens in Cocktail, the more you realize how empty and fabricated it really is.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Dean Essner - Variety
It's the bartending antics and musical backdrops that make the film entertaining. Without them, "Cocktail" is just another beer gone flat.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Dean Essner - Time Out
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Stupid vanity film for Cruise at his worst.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Shaky, not stirring.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Puddle-deep and coated in neon.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
At least Cocktail isn't offensive... unless you are insulted by losing two hours of your life -- two hours you'll never get back -- to a boring movie with the emotional depth of a Harold Robbins novel.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
Overall, it's ridiculous, but Cocktail is a real classic of the late-80s self-help moviemaking genre.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com