Cocktail (1988)

After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown), who teaches Brian the fine art of bartending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 29, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 5% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There are no surprises in Cocktail, a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise's talents in what amounts to a naive barkeep's banal fantasy.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Cocktail is a bottle of rotgut in a Dom Perignon box.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Very, very stupid.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Cocktail is so steeped in corn, the drama seems comedic and the comedy is about as funny as a hangover.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The pairing of old-hand Brown and young-hand Cruise may have been meant to remind us of Cruise and Paul Newman; if so, think of this as The Color of Counterfeit Money.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Cruise is beguiling with his smile and his swagger, but the script doesn't take us anywhere fresh when it leaves the barroom.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Perhaps the best one can say for this bland concoction mixed by agents and the studio executives is that every bartender in Hollywood wants to be Tom Cruise and that suffices as an ironic subtext.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It may not be a megaton bomb, but Cocktail is definitely of the Molotov type.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This vacant, misshapen film is basically an extended beer commercial that presents the world as a ludicrous place populated by sex-and-cash-and-booze-crazed zomboids. Cruise, meanwhile, comes off as a somewhat taller Spuds MacKenzie.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

The philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote a book about the banality of evil. After seeing Cocktail, I want to write one about the evil of banality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
What has Mr Cruise done to blokes over the years huh. He made us all wanna join the military so we could play with fighter jets and have a cool nickname,… More
Jim Careter
What a waste of talent, I hated it.
Spencer S.
It's always an eye opening experience when you enjoy a film that you know you should hate. Such is the self hatred roller coaster of Cocktail, a very basic… More
Conner Rainwater
It's bizarre that this movie is actually as good as it is. A movie about the life of a bartender just seems stupid, but this was extremely well done. The… More
Bethany Murphy
One of the best romantic films ever made. I'm in love with this film and Tom Cruise was exceptional.
Lady D'arbanville
A romantic Drama set in the late 80's. A nostalgic classic of it's time, whilst many fans were enjoying Tom Cruise, it was always Bryan Brown who… More