Days of Thunder
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The Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunite for this excursion into stock-car racing that incorporates the vroom and rumble of deafening car engines with a rehash of the same elements that worked so effectively in Cruise's Top Gun, The Color of Money, and Cocktail. Cruise plays stock-car driver Cole Trickle, a young fireball on the Southern stock-car circuit who has loads of talent but no conception of how to channel that talent in to racing success. When Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) commissions veteran stock-car racer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Days of Thunder zigzags between exploiting Cruise's likable grin and charming vulnerability and portraying him as an emotional loser. It's an uncertain and unsatisfying mix."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A flashy, pre-packaged racing picture featuring stock cars and stock situations."
‑ , Time Out
"It oughtn't be good, at least. Not with that script. And yet it's so much better than the combined quality of its elements."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A sad example of Hollywood at its weakest and a reminder that even today's pabulum, spoon-fed as it is in multiplexes, is rarely as bad as the early roaring 1990s."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"When it's on the racetrack, it's thrills abound as the big sound and fast-moving cars make for sensory overload. However, when the action fades and it's time to give the characters some meat."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"There are plenty of soulless movies around. What's special about Days of Thunder is that it works overtime trying to convince you it's not one of them."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's one thing to market a film solely on the strength of its star. It's quite another to go ahead and make the film that way."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Trashy, formulatic thriller actioner, directed by Tony Scott, who had earlier helmed the 1986 Top Gun, which catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Incredibly uneven yet basically entertaining..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An unofficial "sideways sequel" to Top Gun...except with national treasure Robert Duvall in the role of crusty mentor."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"In 1990 the people who brought you Top Gun -- Tom Cruise, director Tony Scott, and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer -- figured out a way to take more of your money, and it involved stock-car racing."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer have raised formula films to a science."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Days of Thunder retains a few moments of startling competency, though overall it's an inconsistent feature film -- not always providing the thunder, though the Cruise is well taken care of."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The story is predictably pedestrian, the conflict laughable and the dialogue too lifeless to be laughable, but closer to that than convincing or compelling."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"If you liked Top Gun, you stand a good chance of liking Days of Thunder."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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