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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,
More reviews for Stripes on Rotten Tomatoes

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