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Based on 39 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 218 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags. show more

  • 100
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie is laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Downey is absurdly funny. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    Like a dinner whose hors d'oeuvres are far more satisfying and well-composed than the slightly warmed-over main course. Among them are the inspired mock movie trailers and the fake ad that precede "Thunder's" opening credits. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Raunchy, raucous and riotously funny. show more

  • 70
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Although this satire of Hollywood inanity isn't the comic classic it could have been, Downey's gonzo performance is a must-see. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Stiller manages his movie nicely so that all actors get their share of the comic spotlight. Seldom does an ensemble comedy not contain a single weak character or performance as does this one. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    When it's all over, you'll probably have the fondest memories of Robert Downey Jr.'s work. It's been a good year for him, this one coming after "Iron Man." He's back, big time. show more

  • 88

    From Downey Jr.'s purposely racist embodiment of African-American anachronisms to Black's scatological humor, everything in Tropic Thunder qualifies as satire, not spoof. It's an important distinction. Pauline Kael once noted that "unlike satire, spoofing has no serious objectives; it doesn't attack anything that anyone could take seriously; it has no cleansing power." show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    If you wait through the credits, you get one last joke in the fine print: The actors shot the whole movie in Hawaii, on the fabulously lush island of Kauai. So while they were shooting a story about indulged prima donnas, they were working themselves in one of the most tourist-friendly spots on Earth. You've gotta smile at that. show more

  • April 07, 2010 Juliepr727
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    This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time, Tom Cruise was amazing and I'm not his fan but what a great job he did....Great job Ben.

  • March 28, 2010 sarah
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    I loved this movie--could have done w/o Jack Black's character and the whiny nerd though.

  • July 04, 2009 Paul Preister
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    this movie was really funny. i just dont no y the f-word every second is appropiate. but other than that pretty good.

  • January 23, 2009 maysiris
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    What a crappy movie. Not funny in the least, i can not FATHOM how Robert D Jr is nominated for best supporting actor in the oscars. its a SAD day for film when this wins best comedy at the Golden Globes. It was so unfunny that my friend and family felt awkwardness while watching it...we were like "well we are supposssed to laugh...."

  • January 22, 2009 tcbassguitar1
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    Talk about a piece of utter crap,, total waste of money,, a 10 year old could make a better movie

  • January 04, 2009 Stlacee
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    this movie was laugh out loud funny! I laughed through the whole thing unlike some of the other poeple on here. my favorite part was probably the "jelly beans" or when Jack Black was tied to the tree and had just found out that the guy is gay. that was a hilarious and I would definately buy it.

  • December 23, 2008 Leo
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    Not sure what the significence with Robert Downey jr. had as being made as a black man, it was one of the stupid parts of the movie ,added nothing to it. Ben stiller needs to keep to acting and not directing, movie is ok for a 13 yr. old. worse movie ever seen.

  • December 11, 2008 Jj33Ss33
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    this had to be the stupidest movie i have ever seen!!! it was a complete waste of 2 hours and it wasn't even funny!!!

  • December 01, 2008 Xsec713X
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    This movie was a complete waste of my time. I generally love ridiculous comedies like 'Zoolander', 'Talledega Nights', and 'Kingpin', but this movie was terrible. I only laughed once during a scene near the end when an obviously fake baby gets thrown over a bridge. I think the only reason that made me laugh was because it reminded me of when Jack Black's unnamed character kicks Ron Burgundy's dog over a bridge in vastly superior 'Anchorman'. Don't waste your time with Tropic Thunder, there are way better "stupid" comedies out there. No Stars for you.

  • November 27, 2008 hunterisgreat10
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    This movie was insanely great! I almost died of laughter. The funniest movie EVER! AWESOME!!!!

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