Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove's jet-black satire (from a script by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a host of superb comic performances (including three from Peter Sellers) have kept the film fresh and entertaining, even as its issues have become (slightly) less timely. Loaded… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By a whopping margin, this is Kubrick's most radical film and greatest dramatic gamble."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Of the many films considered great satire, only Dr. Strangelove holds up as a masterpiece with none of its bite removed."
‑ Odie Henderson, Movie Mezzanine
"One of the best, and funniest, screenplays ever written..."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Black comedy Kubrick classic for smart teens+."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Like most of his work, Stanley Kubrick's deadly black satirical comedy-thriller on cold war madness and its possible effects (1964) has aged well."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Stanley Kubrick's blackest of black comedies."
‑ Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
"The blackest black comedy ever made by a major Hollywood studio, and one of the funniest handful of films made in English."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Dr. Strangelove" pokes fun at the idea of "mutually assured annihilation" and the dubious concept of "nuclear deterrents.""
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's easily one of the director's best films of his somewhat controversial career."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
"Perhaps Kubrick's most perfectly realised film, simply because his cynical vision of the progress of technology and human stupidity is wedded with comedy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Is Dr. Strangelove Kubrick's best movie? Along with Paths of Glory, absolutely."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Because of its uncanny insight and frighteningly prescient satirical edge, Dr. Strangelove is a document of its time and also timeless. It held onto its relevancy by being bitter, cynical, and thinking absolutely the worst of people."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Dr Strangelove is one of Stanley Kubrick's many masterpieces, one of the greatest films about the Cold War and one of the greatest comedies ever made."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"... like a morbidly sick Looney Tunes short with its cartoon heroes struggling impotently to keep hold of a hot potato."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review

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