Stripes (1981)

A charming, self-elected leader winds up commanding an outfit of misfits.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

The premise and star remain out of whack until the rambling, diffuse screenplay finally struggles beyond basic training.

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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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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Comic '80s military romp has violence, nudity, language.

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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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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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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.

Fernando F. Croce

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
It's odd how a comedy from 1981 can seem more outdated than say one from 1961. Irreverent is the nicest way to put it. That's not to say Stripes… More
Graham Jones
Murray's best early film performance is still a very entertaining watch.
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 V
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.