Ishtar (1987)

Considered one of the great box-office turkeys of its decade, Ishtar was an attempt by writer/director Elaine May and stars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty to do a modern-day road picture in the style of the much-loved Bob Hope and Bing… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Maybe [it's] actually okay; maybe parts of it [are] even great.

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Eric Melin

Besides droll supporting work from an excellent Charles Grodin, Ishtar also gets a lot of mileage out of its terrible and terribly funny songs.

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Emanuel Levy

A victim of its own hyped publicity and too harsh criticism, Ishtar is not the worst movie ever made or even a bomb, just a dim-witted silly comedy-thriller (with some good jokes) based on the casting against type of Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.

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Dan Jardine

The performances are endearing enough, the pacing is actually quite crisp and there is no shortage of zany silliness in the story. It just never gels.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

If Ishtar has a personal stamp, it's not in what it has to say about Reagan-era militarism, but in what it has to say about collaboration, and how well-meaning people can goose each other to greatness-and folly.

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Chuck O'Leary

The intentionally bad songs and the early scenes in New York City are amusing, but the movie totally falls apart once Beatty and Hoffman arrive in the fictional country of Ishtar.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The 1980s saw the release of so many truly atrocious films (Xanadu, Stroker Ace, Bolero, Shanghai Surprise, etc.) that it's absurd "Ishtar" became shorthand for the worst of the worst and continues to be blasted by folks who haven't even seen it.

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Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

Ishtar is a failure on practically every level from its misguided narrative to its lack of humor to the absence of anything remotely entertaining.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A failed attempt at doing a modern Bob Hope-Bing Crosby "Road" picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Funny... I would watch it again.
Byron Brubaker
Recognized as one of the worst movies of all time. And it is!! But hilarious (in a head-scratching way) because of how bad it is.
Michael S
Not as bad as it's reputation; It's just NOT funny.
Steve B.
It's nowhere NEAR as bad as they say -- how could it be?