Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Image
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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), aThrough 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
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Is ''Dr. Strangelove" Kubrick's best movie? Along with ''Paths of Glory," absolutely.
  2. This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.
  3. 100
    A masterpiece... The genius of Dr. Strangelove is that it's possible to laugh -- and laugh hard -- while still recognizing the intelligence and insight behind the humor.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The film is a model of barely controlled hysteria in which the absurdity of hypermasculine Cold War posturing becomes devastatingly funny--and at the same time nightmarishly frightening in its accuracy.
  7. 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: 95 out of 102
  2. Negative: 3 out of 102
  1. Caroline
    Nov 20, 2005
    10
    Awesome.
  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 comicalFeels 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. RussW.
    Apr 26, 2008
    10
    The most brilliant black comedy ever made. Features memorable performances by Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens. The most brilliant black comedy ever made. Features memorable performances by Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens. More classic scenes than I could count on both hands. A bizzare plot, but not as bizzare as the cold War doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) that it so effectively satirizes. 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 ofThis 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. Dec 18, 2012
    10
    Stanley Kurbrick's brillant satire on the cold war is widely considered one of the funniest movies in cinematic history. A lone general goneStanley Kurbrick's brillant satire on the cold war is widely considered one of the funniest movies in cinematic history. A lone general gone mad gives the green light launching an A-Bomb attack on Russia, and the President now (Sellers) must pull out all the stops to prevent this. This dark comedy is shot entirely in black and white with terrific production design. Astutely, Kubrick focuses on the actual nuclear event in itself, thus removing the issues of foreign politics. The films message simply put its this; man is not at the mercey of machines,but it in fact it's just the opposite. Petter Sellers is sensational playing several roles and the film has stood the test of time remaining undated. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    9
    An uncompromising insight into the us versus them Cold War mentality, its impact strengthened by Kubrick's clever satire. The movie containsAn uncompromising insight into the us versus them Cold War mentality, its impact strengthened by Kubrick's clever satire. The movie contains three different but equally satisfying stories that examine war on a personal and political level. This is an intelligent and bold film that highlights the paranoia and ridiculousness of the time. Expand
  7. CharlieS.
    May 17, 2007
    1
    Anyone who has given this a 10 must have no taste at all, or are followers to the point of being lemmings. I own this movie, and I have never Anyone who has given this a 10 must have no taste at all, or are followers to the point of being lemmings. I own this movie, and I have never made it all the way through because it is sooooooooo boring. Now now, before you go ape, I do enjoy most classic movies; but in the case of this pile, where is this "black comedy" everyone refers to? There is not a single funny moment in this movie. Who are you people that think this is laughable at any point? The funniest thing to me is how much people force themselves to love Kubrick. His movies are self important slop. Let the stones fly! Expand

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