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Bill Murray decides to be all that he can be -- and it ain't pretty -- in this hit comedy. John Winger (Murray) is a quick-witted but unambitious loser who comes home after getting fired to discover that his car has been repossessed and his girlfriend is leaving him. With no idea of what to do next, John and his best friend Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis) impulsively join the Army, more as a practical joke than a career goal. John and Russell find themselves in basic training under the hard-nosed and impatient Sgt. Hulka (Warren Oates), who is stuck with an outfit of goofballs, including… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stripes will keep potential felons off the streets for two hours. Few people seem to be asking, these days, that movies do more."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"An anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It's a lot of fun."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Murray's insouciant Sixties clowning survives being parachuted into the Eighties"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The first hour of Stripes is side-splittingly hilarious. Unfortunately, it fizzles a bit once Warren Oates' Sgt. "The Big Toe" Hulka disappears."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"One major difference between the slob comedies of yesteryear and the ones of today is that of simple craftsmanship. As in, Stripes has some."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The balance of the film consists of time-tested commercial material, most of which is still working fine."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Murray hasn't yet reached the point at which his routines can be sustained for more than 10 minutes at a time. But he has achieved a sardonically exaggerated calm that can be very entertaining."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An often hilarious film that provided Bill Murray with a perfect opportunity in which to display his comedic skills."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Murray's initial transition from the small screen is a classic."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Murray at his laugh-a-minute best....if there's a comedy classic, this is it"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"[Reitmam] manages a reasonable success rate at pulling off the numerous verbal and sight gags with which the script is peppered."
‑ , Time Out
"Benefits immensely from being graded on a curve: it's no Ghostbusters, but it's no Police Academy either."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"With a cast that consists largely of Saturday Night Live veterans, laughs are guaranteed, not least from a hilarious Murray."
‑ , Film4
"My personal fave military movie."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ÜberCiné
"Murray's insouciant performance carries the movie and has inspired countless imitators, from the young Tom Hanks to Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell."
‑ David Bezanson,
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