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Devil-may-care navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies with Tom Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the coveted "Top Gun" award. When not so occupied, Mitchell carries on a romance with civilian consultant Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Shaken up by the death of a friend, Mitchell loses the Top Gun honor to Kasansky. Worried that he may have lost his nerve, Mitchell is given a chance to redeem himself during a tense international crisis involving a crippled US vessel and a flock of predatory enemy planes. The story… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"There are elements that hold up - especially Cruise's blinding charisma. The aerial scenes are still thrilling, and perfectly suited to a giant screen. Everything else? Well, that depends on how nostalgic you're feeling."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Top Gun is about the training of the Navy's best fighter pilots and their blooding in cold war incidents, and the only thing Director Tony Scott has not brought up to date is the story."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The unashamedly goofy 1986 dogfighting classic flips on the afterburners to make yet another pass on Blu-ray, this time soaring into the third dimension."
‑ Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine
"If you missed it in theaters the first time, it's probably going to be the best movie theater experience you'll have so far this year."
‑ Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know
"Basically perfect, even it is perfect at one of the worst sorts of things a movie can attempt."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Every moment is hyped for maximum visual and visceral impact, but Scott doesn't display the slightest bit of interest (or belief) in the actual characters and situations."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's still the same old Top Gun, retaining every frame of ridiculousness and emphatic acting that turned the Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer production into a legend."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"An undeniably cheesy yet strangely appealing time capsule, with a little something for everyone provided we understand that it's all bubblegum."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"Among the first generation of films influenced by the cutting techniques of music videos, a progression of oversaturated, meaty images, embarrassing dialogue and awful music."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Whether you love Top Gun or hate it -- or hate yourself for loving it -- the fact is that when it became the top-grossing film of 1986, Hollywood in its infinite wisdom took all of the worst lessons from its success and overlooked what made it so... fun."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Set in the world of naval fighter pilots, pic has strong visuals and pretty young people in stylish clothes and a non-stop soundtrack."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The 3D is impressive considering it wasn't shot for that, and the sound delivers full throttle engine roars and the legendary soundtrack sounds as crisp as ever."
‑ Mark Ellis, Schmoes Know
"Watching Top Gun again twenty five years after its release is still a dazzling and dizzying experience. You are not so much on the edge of your seat as flung around it as the on-screen action endlessly spins and soars."
‑ Brian Henry Martin, UTV
"This paean to hotshot Navy fighter pilots and high technology attracted mass audiences despite its familiar plot and characters so vapid they vanish from memory as soon as the house lights come up."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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