Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder (1990)

The Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunite for this excursion into stock-car racing that incorporates the vroom and rumble of deafening car engines with a rehash of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 27, 1990
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Days of Thunder has Tom Cruise and plenty of flash going for it, but they aren't enough to compensate for the stock plot, two-dimensional characters, and poorly written dialogue.

Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

Like the previous Simpson-Bruckheimer pictures, it's designed to give audiences an overdose of the thrill of victory; it wants us to jump out of our seats, pumping our fists in the air and roaring for the hero to pulverize his opponents.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Not only does Days of Thunder disappoint on the basic narrative level, it is also a peculiarly thrill-less action movie. Shot from the driver's point of view, the race sequences lose their novelty as swiftly as a video game.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A Formula One stock car racing flick that's formulaic and cliche-ridden.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

This is the kind of monstrously overgrown commercial movie that depends entirely on the microscopic pleasures of having one`s most routine expectations fulfilled.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Days of Thunder does accomplish the job it sets out to do. It's sometimes funny, sometimes exciting and never too boring or offensive. In a disappointing movie season -- as this one has started out to be -- that can seem like quite an accomplishment.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

'90s race-car blockbuster has sexism, profanity.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Whoosh!! Days of Thunder just streaked in, fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Good writing by Robert Towne and a host of strong supporting performances complement the on-the-track visuals of director Tony Scott in giving us a sense of the leap of faith that is required by drivers at this level.

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Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

Dispensing with all notions that Days of Thunder is a critical work of any sort reveals its hollow and misogynistic underpinnings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
Like Top Gun with racing stock cars, it may not be really original and is quite predictable actually, but it has a very good soundtrack and Tom Cruise injecting… More
Conner Rainwater
Very much the same style as Top Gun, a perfect match between Tom Cruise and Tony Scott. I think it's often mistaken as a mindless nascar film, when… More
Melvin White
Dr. Claire Lewicki: You and Rowdy have the same sickness, it's called denial and it's probably going to kill you both. "Cruise like… More
KJ Proulx
This film has a great message: Never Give Up! When you try but fail, try even harder to get what you want! This movie is amazing!
Manu Gino
You can't outrun the thunder. Very good movie! I enjoyed it from beginning to the end. Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall did an excellent screen combo. I think… More
Jason Owens
A waste. Perhaps Cruise's worst movie.