Cocktail (1988)

After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown), who teaches Brian the fine art of bartending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 29, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 7% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There are no surprises in Cocktail, a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise's talents in what amounts to a naive barkeep's banal fantasy.

Peter Travers
People Magazine

As if realizing that his star hasn't smiled for 15 minutes, Donaldson tacks on a goody-goody ending that would shame the Care Bears. How to sum up what went wrong? Cruise has a line in the movie: "Flat beer from rusty pipes."

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It may not be a megaton bomb, but Cocktail is definitely of the Molotov type.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Cocktail kicks off with an entertainingly lighthearted opening stretch revolving around Brian's initial entry into the world of bartending...

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Cocktail is a bottle of rotgut in a Dom Perignon box.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Very, very stupid.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Cocktail is a vacuous throwback to Saturday Night Fever -- without the cultural novelty. The script is spiked with some comic lines, but overproof doses of inadvertent humor kill the effect.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The pairing of old-hand Brown and young-hand Cruise may have been meant to remind us of Cruise and Paul Newman; if so, think of this as The Color of Counterfeit Money.

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Lola Borg
Empire Magazine

Cruise oozes as much charm as in Top Gun and The Colour of Money, but the mix of bar-acrobatics and Caribbean love isn't anywhere near strong enough to get you drunk.

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Jack Garner
Gannett News Service

Ultimately, the ideas in this film fall as flat as stale beer and honest emotions are as watered down as cheap whiskey. This Cocktail is definitely on the rocks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
What has Mr Cruise done to blokes over the years huh. He made us all wanna join the military so we could play with fighter jets and have a cool nickname,… More
Jim Careter
What a waste of talent, I hated it.
Spencer S.
It's always an eye opening experience when you enjoy a film that you know you should hate. Such is the self hatred roller coaster of Cocktail, a very basic… More
Conner Rainwater
It's bizarre that this movie is actually as good as it is. A movie about the life of a bartender just seems stupid, but this was extremely well done. The… More
Bethany Murphy
One of the best romantic films ever made. I'm in love with this film and Tom Cruise was exceptional.
Lady D'arbanville
A romantic Drama set in the late 80's. A nostalgic classic of it's time, whilst many fans were enjoying Tom Cruise, it was always Bryan Brown who… More