Stripes (1980)

In this wild, good-natured comedy, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis play two hard-luck friends who decide to join the Army, believing that it will help them sort out their lives. Though the plot is fairly predictable, Murray and Ramis are… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Stripes will keep potential felons off the streets for two hours. Few people seem to be asking, these days, that movies do more.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It's a lot of fun.

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Fernando F. Croce

Murray's insouciant Sixties clowning survives being parachuted into the Eighties

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The balance of the film consists of time-tested commercial material, most of which is still working fine.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An often hilarious film that provided Bill Murray with a perfect opportunity in which to display his comedic skills.

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Time Out

[Reitmam] manages a reasonable success rate at pulling off the numerous verbal and sight gags with which the script is peppered.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Benefits immensely from being graded on a curve: it's no Ghostbusters, but it's no Police Academy either.

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With a cast that consists largely of Saturday Night Live veterans, laughs are guaranteed, not least from a hilarious Murray.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Mike S
Three years prior to <i>Ghostbusters</i>, Ivan Reitman made this half-forgotten little comedy gem. While not as perfectly timed as said classic in… More
Chris Weber
This is vintage Bill Murray, vintage Ivan Reitman, and a true ocmedy classic. This irreverent and hilarious satirical farce tells the story of John Winger- an… More
Lucas Martins
Funny and entertaining, Ivan Reitman's picture have great comedians on the screen, in hilarious situations, but present a kind of boring ending for a… More
AJ Verser
A hilarious army comedy, I was surprised, I don't usually like those kinds of movies, but the great comedy cast is awesome, they really do a good job.
Graham Jones
Murray's best early film performance is still a very entertaining watch.
Anthony Lawrie
Great film, a Bill Murray classic! It?s a cross between Caddy Shack, M*A*S*H and Buffalo Soldiers with a sprinkle of Best Defence for good measure

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