Top Gun
Top Gun (1986)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 16, 1986
DVD Release Date: October 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Slickly made, it's a fairly entertaining watch that doesn't provide much beyond surface thrills, although many have had fun analyzing its (unintentional?) homoerotic content.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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J. Olson

"Top Gun" works best as a sort of time capsule, a window into a pretty spectacular decade for big-budget filmmaking.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Variety Staff

Set in the world of naval fighter pilots, pic has strong visuals and pretty young people in stylish clothes and a non-stop soundtrack.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Cruise, the cheesy soundtrack and the stunning aerial photography that marks out its combat scenes are its three main selling points.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Top Gun is a really good film, and is well worth watching. It is entertaining to watch, as something is always happening. Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a cocky… More
Alex roy
Top Gun has been hailed and adored by film fans and critics alike. This is a picture than boosted recruitment in the Navy. Everyone Talks about Top Gun as a… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
One can appreciate the film for being iconic, yet it is frustratingly bland and corny. Though Top Gun is full of action, nothing really happens, and the… More
Melvin White
Maverick: You don't have time to think up there. If you think, you're dead.  "Up there with the best of the best." There's a lot of… More
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Candy Rose
Great film from the 80's. They were so cool! Navy pilots in training.