Tropic Thunder Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Tropic Thunder is a flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The movie feels like a consciously happy accident whose offenses are roughly balanced by actors gouging out their own narcissism.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • When it isn't tossing softballs at the studios, Tropic Thunder is the very thing it parodies: a wall of noise engulfed in flame.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • The steady spray of jokes ricochets with machine-gun force, hitting dozens of worthy targets.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • A gleeful, bumptious send-up of big-budget movies, big Hollywood egos.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • At its best, Tropic Thunder skewers impotent directors, fascist producers, prima donna stars and classic scenes from the camo-fatigues genre.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Tropic Thunder is more consistently entertaining, and its best moments burn much brighter than those of Pineapple Express.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • At its best, mouth-agape moments, Tropic Thunder offers some insanely incandescent riffs on performance.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • After the dazzle of the early scenes, something droops and flags in Tropic Thunder.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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?

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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