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
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
What keeps everything from imploding are Downey and Cruise, who are willing to push every audience button and damn the politically correct torpedoes.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Tropic Thunder is the funniest film of the year.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Tropic Thunder is an assault in the guise of a comedy -- watching it is like getting mugged by a clown.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Tropic Thunder is ridiculous and deeply enjoyable, but it also flashes a mercilessly polished mirror at the "prestige" products that the movie business so glibly feeds us in order to reflect glory back on itself.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Anyone walking into Tropic Thunder looking to be offended by Downey's minstrel turn will soon find that the movie is two steps ahead.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The film isn't perfect, but in an environment where things like The Love Guru and Step Brothers pass for worthwhile entertainment, Tropic Thunder puts a lot of comedy pretenders to shame.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A broad action comedy that manages to mix subtlety with satire.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller's extravaganza of a Hollywood satire, couldn't be any more 'inside-baseball' if it contained references to the infield fly rule and Rule 5 draft picks.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A parody of war movies and a pinprick in the helium balloon of Hollywood egos.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Think of all the ways you can hurt yourself laughing, as in fall down, split your sides, bust a gut, blow your mind. You get it all in Tropic Thunder, a knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Though it certainly has a plot, Tropic Thunder is best approached as a series of skits stretched out to feature length, a film easier to appreciate for its clever parts than for any kind of coherent whole.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Tropic Thunder is an easy film to enjoy. It appeals to the basest levels of humour without patronising its audience, while pricking the pomposity of the movie industry without going too 'meta' - this is far from self-fellation.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
perfectly parodies the 'kill everything in sight and then blow it up for good measure' summer movie mentality.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Comes down to exactly the same type of heroic finale they're supposed to be parodying in the first place. You bettah off renting Rescue Dawn.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A clever structure, glorious ensemble cast and above all conviction ensure that laughter will be rippling like thunder inside the cinema.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
There are a lot of sacred entertainment industry cows being sent to the slaughter, and Stiller & co. skewer every stereotype with vicious glee.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Not a third as "dark" or "ferocious" as it believes it is
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
Sure, there are some moments when the plot falls right down a gun barrel, the comedy is too over the top and the jokes are downright gross. Still, in comparison to the other slapstick comedies this year, this movie-within-a-movie strikes above the rest.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Sounds predictable and academic, but what's unexpected is how deftly Stiller manages to explore these issues and allude to war films from The Bridge on the River Kwai to Platoon to Rambo while still recognizing the value of a well-placed fart joke.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Tropic Thunder is one humongous vanity project for Ben Stiller. His initials aren't BS for nothing. If you can't get enough of bouncing Ben, Tropic Thunder is the movie for you. Ben Stiller acted in, co-wrote, produced, and directed Tropi
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Is this a comedy -- or a cry for help?
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
Tropic Thunder turns out to be a very funny film with an immensely talented cast that will be the topic of any water cooler conversation.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Stiller's parody of Hollywood opportunism and insecurities is fairly lacerating, but perhaps could've been more so had not the whole thing been played so broadly.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Cruise is downright scary. It's the creepiest -- and most entertaining -- performance since his unforgettable appearance in that Scientology video.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The action movie has been spoofing itself for years. Half of the time it's no even intentional. Ben Stiller's hilarious and surprisingly intelligent Tropic Thunder takes the genre spoof to a new extreme.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Tropic Thunder focuses its satire on this Hollywoodization of war, as it depicts the production of a Vietnam genre film that's less "Platoon" than "Platoon Leader" with Michael Dudikoff.
Brian Holcomb - CinemaBlend.com
A journey into Hollywood's heart of darkness.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Un excelente entretenimiento, realmente gracioso y divertido, que se permite tomarle el pelo a la misma industria de la que sale.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Even with its excess and undeniably heavy hand, this is a whole lot of fun as a satire of Hollywood, a take off on war/ action flicks and as a straight-ahead action movie.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
... it attacks celebrity culture and the excesses of Hollywood filmmaking ... with a wink and slap on the back, celebrating that same culture as much as it ridicules it.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
...when you throw enough gags at an audience, some of them are bound to work.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Stiller is terrific, and Downey is somewhat better than terrific -- inspired. ... Tropic Thunder really is hysterical; and it even manages, now and then, to surprise.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
A delightfully entertaining, very funny movie.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
Dean Essner - National Post
Dean Essner - Irish Times
[A] raucous, R-rated satire of Hollywood in general, war films in particular and the actors who make them.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Though Tropic Thunder never gets so wild that it forgets about the story it's trying to tell, it's just wild enough to make the whole experience unforgettable.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
A big-budgeted bust that could prove to be an embarrassment to at least a few of the bigger-name actors in its cast.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
With so much extreme mayhem going on, keeping the comedy cooking at top levels is a daunting task Stiller pulls off with aplomb.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
Tropic Thunder stops just short of going over the top with satirical humor that bites with a freshly acute sense of its own relevancy.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
But flashes of inspiration aside, Tropic Thunder just isn't that funny and looks like something that was more fun to make than to actually sit down and watch.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
This is cheap rum. The Apocalypse Now pyrotechnics clearly cost a fortune. But the pleasures of Tropic Thunder are spread as thinly as Ben Stiller. He not only stars, he directs, co-writes, produces, and undoubtedly made the tea.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
This comedy about movie-making that allows the cast to play knowingly with their careers and public personae. But the film feels only half as funny as it should be, falling back too often on big action sequences that are too ridiculous to work on any leve
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
There are moments of comedy grandeur, but this isn't as consistently funny as you'd hope. Nevertheless, Downey Jr.'s Kirk Lazarus is instantly up there with the comedy greats.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Tropic Thunder gives us exactly what we expect of it - lashings of easy fun, spare-no-expense action, actors delightedly pushing the boat out in all-out parody and a dig at the absurdity of Hollywood that the big boys back in LA will find quite comforting
Derek Malcolm - This is London
The first ten minutes of this are so hilarious, it's a mystery why the other 97 are so lacking in laughs.
Dean Essner - Daily Mail [UK]
Ben Stiller's latest comedy is funny - but not always in a "ha-ha" way.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Tropic Thunder is, almost necessarily, a hit-and-miss affair. Its targets certainly seem dated. But it's hard not to warm to a film in which a character's cry of "I can't feel my leg" earns the reply "Ain't nothing but a thang."
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
This film is hilarious. It's not going to win any Oscars and won't tax your brain but it does exactly what it says on the tin and dishes the laughs out like they are going out of fashion.
Dean Essner - Heart 106.2
The first hour of the film has an energy and wit that makes it a joy to behold, but as Stiller tries to tie it all together into a cohesive hole, the humour drains from the piece, and it all becomes a little tiresome.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
The Hollywood comedy Tropic Thunder comes at us like a mad army cresting a hill, intent on audience massacre. My advice: shoot first and don't wait for the whites of their eyes.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Patchy but Ben Stiller heaves mainstream Hollywood comedy out of its Will Ferrell-inspired rut.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4
A movie about a fake movie has the truest laughs of the summer.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Apparently actors are narcissistic and Hollywood is ruthless... Stiller doesn't say anything we don't know, but stand-out turns from Downey Jr and Cruise make Tropic Thunder very funny for all its flaws.
Nev Pierce - Total Film
But its better moments of self-referential snark, such as an ace cameo from Tom Cruise as an obnoxious studio exec, have the feel of a superior end-of-term revue.
Ben Walters - Time Out
War Hollywood-style's worst offence is lip-quavering, flag-waving jingoism, a stomach-turning affectation that is just aching to get a satirical slap. Stiller steers well clear.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
For years now, onscreen and off, [Tom] Cruise has seemed like a bottle of barely contained crazy; now we know what happens when the cork comes out.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Enjoyable comedy with terrific performances and several hilarious gags, but the plot loses its way halfway through and it runs out of steam before the end.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Want some advice? Catch the first 10 minutes of Tropic Thunder and the last 10 minutes and you've got a funny film. The other 87 minutes? Anyone for knitting?
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Tropic Thunder, full of punchlines about Milli Vanilli and Being There, stitches the tired cultural references of one generation to the utterly debased expectations of their heirs.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
All sociopolitical malarkey aside, it's a delicious metafictional take on war action movies, hero worship, and Hollywood banality, filled with bigger-than-life egos struggling with bigger-than-life problems.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The smartest dumb comedy of the year.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It's hilarious, and there are a lot of fun cameos and explosions. Did Stiller just steal comedy back from Apatow?
Michael Dance - The Cinema Source
Say what you will about Apocalypse Now and Platoon, the two films that Tropic Thunder primarily plays off of, but they were not so "safe".
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
Thunder is ambitiously blunt and blasphemous in its bombastic barbs of treasured absurdity...[a] calculated comedy drenched in volumes of manufactured viciousness and succulent screwball vibrancy.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
A spot on spoof that doesn't resort to the smarmy adult adolescence of the Judd Apatow movies for its laughs and is easily just as entertaining if not more so.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
...[Robert Downey Jr's] "full retard" speech is alone worth the price of a ticket...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Nothing but mild vulgarity mixed with explosions and entitlement, a piss-take on Hollywood excess that doubles as an example of it.
Dean Essner - Time Out Sydney
In the end, despite its flaws, this is a genuinely funny film, and there aren't that many of those around.
David Stratton - The Australian
Stiller never stops bombarding the audience with outrageous ideas, like a monkey throwing dung at a wall.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
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.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
For an insider's take on the movie business, Stiller's action comedy has you laughing from the start...
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
Tropic Thunder is the biggest comedy of the year. It's also the funniest ... attack humor at it's best.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Big budget, big stars, big concept -- surprisingly little payoff.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Even if Tropic Thunder doesn't move you to tears, it deserves your consideration.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Ben Stiller's confidence as a director is growing; this is comedy on a grand scale, with huge effects and a big cast.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
This film is genuinely uncomfortable. In fact, you may want to make sure you know the person you see this movie with very well.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
... director Ben Stiller gleefully severs the hand that feeds him in his vicious, funny Hollywood satire.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This Hollywood industry parody features solid performances from Robert Downey Jr, Jay Baruchel and Tom Cruise and a generally funny execution.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
One part hilarious; one part offensive; one part too inside Hollywood
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A pretty good basic idea, but it falls a little short in execution.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Finally, a comedy that has more laughs than the ones in its trailer.
Rod Yates - Empire Magazine Australasia
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.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A daring, politically incorrect satire on the movie industry that turns out to be one of summer's loosest, funniest comedies.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Not only one of the funniest films of the year but also one of the smartest.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
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.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Ben Stiller's audacious spoof of war movies is - without doubt - the summer's funniest comedy, sending up Hollywood egos.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Ben Stiller has here accomplished three stupendous feats: Van Damme muscles, his first funny movie since Zoolander, and his first brilliant movie ever
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
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.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
I laughed loud and hard throughout this film, and I enjoyed every minute of it and have no problem enthusiastically recommending it to you. But time and again the movie's jokes reach for comedic nirvana and fall just ever so short.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Half showbiz satire, half action movie, half broad comedy and all Tom Cruise.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
Downey imbues the movie with whatever soul (though I use that word cautiously in this context) and commitment it has.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Tropic Thunder passes for "daring" in a movie era notably short on risk-taking. In the case of Downey, that daring is earned.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
An intelligent and frequently funny film with some profound points to make about the shallowness of the movie industry.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
A bizarre little film that manages to be both an exercise in tasteless humor and a commentary on Hollywood's tastelessness.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Hell, it may even save Tom Cruise's career. Let's see Batman do that.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Tropic Thunder deserves to be seen solely for Downey Jr.'s brilliant one-man show, which, in a perfect world, would be recognized by Oscar voters come January.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
Coarse, crude, merciless and often very funny.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
...an often-hilarious send-up of Hollywood pretensions...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Tropic Thunder is crass, gross and rude - but it's also funny as hell.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
In no way am I saying what Downey Jr. did with Lazarus is on the same level as what Heath Ledger accomplished with the Joker in "The Dark Knight," but they do share the similarity of completely walking away with their respective movies.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
[I]nventively clever in its sendup of the self-involvement of pretty much anyone who's anyone in Hollywood... aggressive[ly] outrageous...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's funny at times, brazenly over the top, crude, rude, cynical, satirical, politically incorrect, topical, tropical, self indulgent, often tedious and almost explodes by its sense of its own brilliance
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
If you read Entertainment Weekly from cover to cover, devour the bonus features on your DVDs, and watch the E! network religiously, then Tropic Thunder is a comedy custom made for you.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Prepare yourself for a sledgehammer skewering aimed at some of Hollywood's most offensive practices, including phoniness and those awful trailers.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A breathtakingly funny movie that weaves together huge gut-level laughs with some very subtle and layered satire about show business.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
To peg 'Tropic Thunder' as a satire of moviemaking is to limit its anarchic, outlandish appeal. It's like saying 'South Park' is about an elementary school.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Almost everything about the movie sounds sharper, funnier and smarter than it turns out to be.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Robert Downey Jr.'s impossibly hilarious performance and the audacious skewering of so many taboos, social, cinematic and otherwise make Tropic Thunder worth the 7 years it took to get Ben Stiller back in the director's chair.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
... An action-comedy done right.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Just when you think it's squeezed every last gasping belly laugh out of you, here comes another barrage of scathing hilarity.
Kurt Loder - MTV
There are some people it will offend. To them I say, go bask in some Happy Days reruns. To the rest of you: Go see it and delight in laughing until your sides split.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
On the one hand, Tropic Thunder is a giant enema up Hollywood's butt, and on the other it's a bare bum joke which outlasts its welcome
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Stiller and company aren't exposing anything about the industry most of us didn't already know, he's just saying it really loudly and spraying blood everywhere while he does.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
It's definitely not for everybody. But it's also very funny as a no-holds-barred, frat-house-party comedy.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Bad as both an action pic and as a comedy.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
While the blogs and talking heads seem to be wrong-headedly preoccupied with issues of semantics and race, what I found to be the most authentically disturbing is Tropic Thunder's use of war and soldiering as basis for levity.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Tropic Thunder is nothing but mild vulgarity mixed with explosions and entitlement, a piss take on Hollywood excess that doubles as an example of it.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Rude and crude, Tropic Thunder displays minimal mercy toward its targets, yet even its gross-out gags (watch out for those false teeth!) display a manic ingenuity far removed from the one-note coarseness found in your typical Will Ferrell vehicle.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Tropic Thunder tells you that race and masculinity and class identity issues make men in this business mean and juvenile. And then it tells you again.
Cynthia Fuchs - NPR.org
Tearing through this wild rumble in the jungle are so many wacky performances, it's challenging to keep them all straight. Even harder--trying to control the laughter so you don't miss the next line.
Kimberly Gadette - LivePDX
At its best, Tropic Thunder wrings divine madness from wretched excess.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
It's official: Summer is the season for adult comedies, too.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Tropic Thunder hits more than it misses, due in large part to its charismatic cast of well-known faces. Stiller's mugging doesn't get old, and Jack Black ... well, can anyone do hysterical heroin withdrawal better than Jack Black?
Jason Heck - Kansas City Star
In a nutshell: Tropic Thunder is snarfing, drool running down your chin, hurt-you-kind-of funny.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
An action comedy with unappealing characters and a fast pace that can't cover up its cynicism.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Showbiz satire is witty, violent, controversial.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
you won't be prepared for the film that's the funniest comedy of the year.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Tropic Thunder hits the nail on the head with politically incorrect humor in a good way. It just hammers it right in until it's poking out of the other side.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
It never develops its clever ideas, it just repeats them until they're played out. By the end of the film there's nothing left.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
At its heart, Tropic Thunder is a parody of its own industry and nothing more. If you don't get the joke, you don't deserve to laugh.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
...a raucous Hollywood spoof that takes no prisoners.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Crazy? Yes! The flick also happens to be hilariously, dangerously, weirdly funny.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
While Tropic Thunder is an offensively complicated picture that certainly has figured out to whirl about a laugh around every corner, so does its complication sometimes force the story to tug about in many different directions.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
One of the best comedies of the year.
Paul Gallagher - Future Movies UK
There are whole subplots that just plain don't work, but when it's on, "Tropic Thunder" is as funny as any comedy this year.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
It spoofs the magic of movies, the narcissism, insecurities and ego-driven minds of actors, the cliches of action films and the bottom-line mentality of studio bosses.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The funny parts are really funny, and Ben Stiller knows exactly what's stupid about stupid action movies.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Uneven and needlessly gross, Tropic Thunder still manages to elicit enough really big laughs to make it an easy film to recommend.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Such a sharply lacerating satire of Hollywood excess that it sometimes ends up cutting itself.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Tropic Thunder is just sophomoric enough to offend. And while it is also funny, it is without the empathy or compassion to cause us to wonder why we are laughing.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
I laughed until I cried.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Downey's racial transformation is a mere launching point for a performance so brilliant, it's fair to regard Lazaurs as August's Joker.
Tricia Olszewski - Let's Not Listen
A bit toothless -- it's difficult to cut too deeply when your satirical take on studio blockbusters and crazy actors is produced by a major studio with Tom Cruise in a supporting role -- but offers a number of genuine laughs between the self-congratulator
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
It is often very funny, and wittily on-target about the fine madness of moviemaking.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Where Stiller the actor seems outmatched by the more expressive talents on display, Stiller the co-writer and director contributes a lively, layered comedy packed with cheap but hilarious goofs on Hollywood
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
The anti-PC Tropic Thunder will have audiences laughing too hard for any offense to be taken
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Stiller is on to something. In an age when self-reverence has made the Oscars all but unwatchable, Stiller pokes a sharp stick at Hollywood pomposity, with the precision of a guy who knows where to aim.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The laughs fly as fast and furious as enemy fire.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Even between the great gags, the movie kept me involved because, against all odds, it actually almost works as a straight war film.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
In the annals of movies about making movies, Tropic Thunder will have topical currency and garner laughs long after the end credits roll.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Tropic Thunder plays around in the deep end of the pool, and fortunately the cast is made up of some strong swimmers who are able to keep the whole show afloat.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Some viewers might find something offensive if they were able to stop cackling long enough.
Skylaire Alfvegren - E! Online
One of the nastiest American comedies in what feels like decades, taking a well-trod subject - how movies are made - and attacking with a savage gusto that calls to mind Sunset Blvd. and The Player .
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's a film that looks like a big dumb comedy but it proves to have some satiric smarts underneath. Stiller succeeds in deftly satirizing an industry he knows well and seems unafraid of skewering.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Its behind-the-scenes humor sharpens our understanding about how movies exploit history. Stiller sketches comic idiocy so energetically it's almost disappointing when the film settles into a plot; yet his skits relentlessly expose filmmaker hubris.
Armond White - New York Press
loud, boorish, and screamingly funny as it expertly skewers the industry that made it possible
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Tropic Thunder wants to make big money mocking big-money movie making, and the only thing that detracts from the fun and comedy is how, even while you're watching it, you can't help but notice the order those priorities come in.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
A triumph on nearly every level of execution and intent...it's a pleasure to report that Tropic Thunder is a work of pure hilarity and insanity throughout.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Gory, vulgar and wickedly funny. Easily the summer's best comedy.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
While cognizant of the fact that the year is a little more than half over, I nonetheless feel confident in proclaiming Tropic Thunder to be the funniest film of the year-- equal parts gifted satire and laugh-till-it-hurts farce.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Combines elements of There's Something About Mary ..., The Player and Team America: World Police, and yet almost nothing in Tropic Thunder is predictable or cliched.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Lazarus' cliched idea of a black man is funny in itself...but Downey's immersive take on the immersive actor is pure genius.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Hacks Hollywood to pieces more astutely, mercilessly, and hilariously than any satire in at least a decade.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Stiller has rediscovered the subversive humor from the best moments of his career and created a near-classic that is his funniest film since the remake of Meet the Parents.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Very few directors have been willing to take on a satire as dark and daring as Tropic Thunder. For those of us who were losing hope in Mr. Stiller, it's about time.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
How good is Cruise? Oscar good. And even though the academy rarely recognizes comedy, my fingers are crossed that they remember Cruise come February.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Tropic Thunder makes a lot of noise, but fails to produce the promised gales of laughter.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The movie is disgusting enough for the low-humor crowd, and yet witty and biting enough to be a guilty pleasure for everyone else.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Ben Stiller has made a lot of Hollywood junk over the past few years, and Tropic Thunder feels like an attempt to cleanse these projects from his system.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
If only for making Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey funny for the first time since 1994 or so, Tropic Thunder would already qualify as an impressive comedic achievement.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
It sounds like a potentially unpalatable mix of dumb-dumb comedy and backstage in-jokes but one of the impressive things about the film is how it takes such a theoretically dodgy concept and makes it work despite all of the potential hiccups.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Tropic Thunder is too much promise and not enough delivery.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
See it ASAP before everyone ruins the best jokes for you
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A very funny Hollywood story with a gay character who doesn't mince or terrify the straight characters and comes out without being punished. If only this weren't a satire.
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
A smug comedy so blatantly pleased with itself that the finished product isn't nearly as much fun to watch as it probably was to make.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Might not add up to much but has more riotous moments than the last few Stiller and Black movies combined.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Yes, Stiller's movie aims at easy targets. But it hits the bull's-eye with a blast, even from way up there over the top.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Cowriter/director Ben Stiller's long gestating project arrives on screen in a blaze of comic glory...the film's secret weapon is Tom Cruise
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
an unapologetically brazen celluloid slur -- that is, of course, if you get what it's going for
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
It mocks big-budget movies with lots of bullets and explosions while delivering a big-budget movie with lots of bullets and explosions.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Stiller would have done better to call up a Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven Seagal -- both of whom could surely use the work. Either could have given the role some true meat and authenticity.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
This one could have the subtitle How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blockbuster.
Eric Kohn - Premiere Magazine
Ben Stiller used to be unafraid of pointed mockery, but nowadays he pulls his punches.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
Tropic Thunder is the funniest movie of the summer -- so funny, in fact, that you start laughing before the film itself has begun.
David Ansen - Newsweek
There are so many types of humor in this that give it a very scattershot feel. If one joke flops, then the next one will be great. Which was the case most of the time, but the end result is a pretty satisfying, gory, action-packed satire on Hollywood.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Audiences who don't mind "Mad TV"-style humor stretched out to nearly two hours should be sufficiently entertained.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Consider the $4,970,802,499 its quintet of leads has made for Paramount at the box office as long-held escrow on a legendary prank. Robert Downey Jr. is all wild-eyed brilliance, Tom Cruise is re-christened in cool and the film is comic gold.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Tom Cruise dances off with the movie.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
A heady blend of outrageous Grand Guignol comic set pieces and fast-twitch dialogue, "Tropic Thunder" walks a fine line of dangerous satire that straddles gallows humor and bawdy pop-culture inflected slapstick.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The self-aggrandizing humor becomes tiresome midway through...but the ending is spectacular and relentless. It would be hard for even the most cynical to avoid a hefty chuckle or two by the time the credits roll.
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
Robert Downey, Jr.'s performance is nearly on par with what Heath Ledger did as the Joker.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Boasting yet another shining turn from Robert Downey, Ben Stiller's politically incorrect satire of Hollywood war-action movies is rude, crude, messy and sharply uneven.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Produces some real laughs but was probably more fun to make than it ultimately is to watch.
John Hazelton - Screen International
It is easy to laugh your 20 laughs and walk out of Tropic Thunder with a shrug of the shoulders.
David Poland - Hot Button
Any movie comedy that mounts such a full-frontal assault on so many fetish objects of contemporary showbiz sanctimony has earned the very wide audience Tropic Thunder will undoubtedly reach.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
Tropic Thunder is this summer's You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Oh wait...
Fred Topel - Can Magazine