Tequila Sunrise
Tequila Sunrise (1988)

For his first directorial project in six years, Robert Towne selected a timeworn romantic-triangle yarn, injecting the material with subtlety and conviction. Tequila Sunrise stars Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell as two lifelong friends who, in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 2, 1988
DVD Release Date: October 30, 1997
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A long, teasing trailer for a film not yet made.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

There is nothing at all happening in Tequila Sunrise but a lot of vacuous drama about the loyalty between two high school buddies and the luminous beauty who must decide between them.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

atmospheric and intriguing

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

In a world where everyone is some kind of insider, the viewer may feel left out in the cold.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Muddled thriller.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Really bad.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An intriguing movie with interesting characters, but it might have worked better if it had found a cleaner narrative line from beginning to end.

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Nick Schager
The Screengrab

A project with the ingredients for greatness that nonetheless came out half-baked.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Two friends on different sides of the law head for a showdown - only they're not on different sides at all, so there's no showdown, and so this film… More
Conner Rainwater
A very fun movie and a decent story. Kurt Russell and Mel Gibson were a great opposing team in this and worked extremely well together. Michelle Pfieffer was… More
Aj V
A boring and predictable thriller with an all star cast.
Candy Rose
Great cast. 80s movie about two friends on the opposite sides of the track who fall for the same woman.
Ken Stachnik
A couple good scenes ruined by a really dull movie and hideously dated 80's sax music.
xGary Xx
Cliched 80s rubbish that could easily be a feature-long episode of Miami Vice.