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  • Summary: Through a series of military and political accidents, a psychotic general - U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Hayden) - triggers an ingenious, irrevocable scheme to attack Russia's strategic targets with nuclear bombs. The U.S. President (Sellers) and Dr. Strangelove (Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist who has bizarre ideas about man's future, work with the Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. 100
    The hard-charging originality of the screenplay—the equivalent of turning "The Hot Zone" into a Farrelly comedy—suggests a deficient legacy of credit to Terry Southern's corner.
  2. Kubrick's comic gem sparkles with enduring relevance.
  3. 100
    Seen after 30 years, Dr. Strangelove seems remarkably fresh and undated - a clear-eyed, irreverant, dangerous satire. And its willingness to follow the situation to its logical conclusion - nuclear annihilation - has a purity that today's lily-livered happy-ending technicians would probably find a way around.
  4. More lethal than a nuclear waste dump, Kubrick's komedy at least kills us with laughter... It's one of the greatest - and undoubtably the most hilarious - antiwar statements ever put to film.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Is ''Dr. Strangelove" Kubrick's best movie? Along with ''Paths of Glory," absolutely.
  6. This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.
  7. Reviewed by: Bosley Crowther
    70
    The ultimate touch of ghoulish humor is when we see the bomb actually going off, dropped on some point in Russia, and a jazzy sound track comes in with a cheerful melodic rendition of "We'll Meet Again Some Sunny Day." Somehow, to me, it isn't funny. It is malefic and sick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 87
  2. Negative: 3 out of 87
  1. Dec 16, 2010
    10
    Great performances.. great story.... great humor... great directing.... top 10 for me

    *high point* Sterling Haydens performance - he was so
    spot on and how he could deliver that ridiculous (in the best way) dialog that way was amazing Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2010
    10
    Feels like 2 movies in 1, the segments on the plane and in the air force base are largely solemn and serious, the War room however is comical and insane. But this works well as it conveys what the film is about, the lunacy of politicians and the effects of beaurocracy. Dr Strangelove himself only appears in the latter half of the film but god does Peter Sellers do a good job! In all 3 of his roles. It's a pity everyone knows the ending though because it's been done to death in popular culture (Along with the famous line "Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!" one of the funniest in history. However I will say the 5 minutes before the famous segment with major Kong is i think one of the best 5 minutes in cinematic history, especially with the countdown, of sorts. It is truly one of the most tense few minutes I've ever seen and the acting is brilliant! The look on their faces as they approach the target in almost too real. It deserves all of the praise it gets without doubt! Peter Sellers, you are one of the greats! Along of course with Kubrick Expand
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    10
    People usually overlook how funny Kubrick films are, but Dr. Strangelove, The Killing, Barry Lyndon and Full Metal Jacket are all rich in timeless comedy, dark as that comedy might be. Expand
  4. May 26, 2013
    10
    This and "Oceans Eleven" easily takes the title of best comedy film. And this comedy is still surprisingly relevant even today. Utterly one of the best films I have ever seen. This will go down in history as the best satire ever created. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    10
    I don't think I've seen a satire made exactly for its time, and becoming a critically lauded success. The cinematography, acting, script, and underlying themes, all in total, makes for the one of the smartest, and oddly blackest of black comedies. Stanley Kubrick is, in my personal opinion, the greatest filmmaker of the late 20th century. Expand
  6. Jul 9, 2012
    9
    I'm loathe to give anything a ten as you can always go better... but this is up there. Unmatched and endlessly quotable, "Gentlemen you can't fight in here..." Watch and learn. Expand
  7. Sep 1, 2010
    7
    Stanley Kubrick's black comedy about cold war paranoia.
    Peter Sellars is outstanding (I'm not a big fan) although mainly for President Muffley
    & Cpt Mandrake rather than Strangelove himself.
    The rest of the cast ham it up quite well but didn't think it was as funny as a lot of people make out.
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