Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder (2008)

Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails thanks to the giant egos of everyone involved in the production. Stiller stars as Tugg Speedman, an… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.

Tom Charity

Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

But its better moments of self-referential snark, such as an ace cameo from Tom Cruise as an obnoxious studio exec, have the feel of a superior end-of-term revue.

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Glenn Kenny

Given the incoherence of its satirical aspirations (the film does end with a suggestion that everyone involved still loves this business we call show), and finally too scattershot to really make it as parody, Tropic Thunder is best appreciated as a goof.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic

For years now, onscreen and off, [Tom] Cruise has seemed like a bottle of barely contained crazy; now we know what happens when the cork comes out.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

More exhausting than funny, though it is often both, Ben Stiller's latest excoriation of ego wears you down with its smothering, pop-savvy cynicism.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.

Christian Toto

Tropic Thunder pushes more buttons than most comedies dare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This is the normal Ben Stiller fare. Throw in Jack Black and this is what you get. Downey I liked as the black sgt who is australian but really into his role.… More
Albert Kim
Funny... but not as funny as some may say.
Carlos Magalh„es
Apart from the hilarious first scene and a few others that work very well, there is little else in this film other than stupid, offensive jokes mixed with a lot… More
Sanjay Rema
A very unique movie with an unforgettable performance by Robert Downey Jr. The whole cast does a great job, but Downey's Oscar worthy performance elevates… More
Candy Rose
A group of jumped up actors are making a big-budget movie. The actors end up in the real jungle in Vietnam where they are kidnapped for ransom. Great cast. Tom… More
Samuel Riley
Hysterical. This is easily one of the best words to describe this film. The first time I watch this, some of the opening adverts I actually believed to be real… More