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: 39%

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"Like the previous Simpson-Bruckheimer pictures, it's designed to give audiences an overdose of the thrill of victory; it wants us to jump out of our seats, pumping our fists in the air and roaring for the hero to pulverize his opponents."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"Not only does Days of Thunder disappoint on the basic narrative level, it is also a peculiarly thrill-less action movie. Shot from the driver's point of view, the race sequences lose their novelty as swiftly as a video game."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Whatever they call this movie, it's nothing more than a puffed-up sequel to Top Gun. If you saw Top Gun, you can anticipate every twist and turn, every screeching spinout of Days of Thunder."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Days of Thunder lives up to its title in one respect. It`s big-time noisy. It`s also as empty as the stands at the Daytona 500 an hour after the race."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"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
"This is the kind of monstrously overgrown commercial movie that depends entirely on the microscopic pleasures of having one`s most routine expectations fulfilled."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Days of Thunder does accomplish the job it sets out to do. It's sometimes funny, sometimes exciting and never too boring or offensive. In a disappointing movie season -- as this one has started out to be -- that can seem like quite an accomplishment."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Days of Thunder wants to be an action drama, but it's really just a star vehicle of the most rudimentary sort, with nothing to offer Cruise except a chance to look pretty and chant time-tested punchlines."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Worse films than this have been smashes, so give it a spin."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"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,
"Whoosh!! Days of Thunder just streaked in, fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Good writing by Robert Towne and a host of strong supporting performances complement the on-the-track visuals of director Tony Scott in giving us a sense of the leap of faith that is required by drivers at this level."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"It's hard to enjoy a movie that is so predictable. Every time there's a race, you know who's going to win. Every time there's a knock at the door, you know who's going to be standing on the other side."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"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
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