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Tom Cruise juggles Martini shakers and ice cubes as the materialistic Brian Flanagan, a bartender who drops out of school to search for the perfect "rich chick" who will bankroll him into luxury. Brian meets up with bar veteran Doug Couglin (Bryan Brown) and they put together a dance-duo bar-tending act, taking five minutes to a mix a drink as they dance and toss gin bottles behind the bar to cutting-edge rock music circa 1988. The patrons, instead of demanding the booze, are dazzled by their antics and cheer them on. As a result, the bartenders become wildly popular -- in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cocktail is a bottle of rotgut in a Dom Perignon box."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Very, very stupid."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Perhaps the best one can say for this bland concoction mixed by agents and the studio executives is that every bartender in Hollywood wants to be Tom Cruise and that suffices as an ironic subtext."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"With no fewer than 17 of Donaldson's favorite rock songs and a complete lack of dramatic impetus, Cocktail would fare better as an extended-play music video."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cruise's name on the marquee is plenty to insure the success of the film, even if it is lopsided, shallow, and slips the audience a Mickey Finn at the outset."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The pairing of old-hand Brown and young-hand Cruise may have been meant to remind us of Cruise and Paul Newman; if so, think of this as The Color of Counterfeit Money."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Cruise is beguiling with his smile and his swagger, but the script doesn't take us anywhere fresh when it leaves the barroom."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote a book about the banality of evil. After seeing Cocktail, I want to write one about the evil of banality."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"If some other drug were treated this way in a movie, lots of outraged people -- including parents and politicians -- would be up in arms. But it's only alcohol, the reasoning seems to go, so it's all harmless fun."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"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
"It may not be a megaton bomb, but Cocktail is definitely of the Molotov type."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This vacant, misshapen film is basically an extended beer commercial that presents the world as a ludicrous place populated by sex-and-cash-and-booze-crazed zomboids. Cruise, meanwhile, comes off as a somewhat taller Spuds MacKenzie."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"If they gave you this in a bar, you'd send it back."
‑ , Film4
"Cruise oozes as much charm as in Top Gun and The Colour of Money, but the mix of bar-acrobatics and Caribbean love isn't anywhere near strong enough to get you drunk."
‑ Lola Borg, Empire Magazine
"A Razzie Award winner for Worst Picture (over Burt Reynolds' non-nominated Rent-a-Cop? Please.) and Worst Screenplay (more deserving)."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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