Ishtar

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: Chuck Clarke (Hoffman) and Lyle Rogers (Beatty) are a couple of no-talent New York singer-songwriters who agree to play the only gig they can find at the Chez Casablanca in Morocco. En route, they become embroiled in various international intrigues in the neighboring (fictional) Ishtar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    80
    A smart, generous, genuinely funny affair. Sometimes, like the camel who almost ambles away with the picture, it's longish in the tooth, but it is based on an extremely astute vision of life. [15 May 1987]
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    Ishtar is a good movie, but you can't help but wonder if, lurking somewhere in those cans of outtakes, there isn't a great movie, too. [15 May 1987]
  3. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    Reasonably genial and diverting. [18 May 1987]
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    50
    It's worth seeing the movie just to observe [Grodin's] delicious blend of unctuous manipulation and anti-Communist sanctimoniousness. [15 May 1987]
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    40
    Hoffman and Beatty are so tone-deaf they don't even know how to play the songs for deadpan humor. They seem old, white, and without shtick. [14 May 1987, p.26(E)]
  6. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    40
    When Beatty and Hoffman doe their (deliberately hopeless) singing numbers, jerking like mechanical men, phrasing unmusically, going off-key, they don't have the slapstick skills for it. That's when you long for Martin and Murray, or some other comics. [1 June 1987, p.102]
  7. 12
    A truly dreadful film, a lifeless, massive, lumbering exercise in failed comedy. Elaine May, the director, has mounted a multimillion-dollar expedition in search of a plot so thin that it hardly could support a five-minute TV sketch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Sam
    Oct 29, 2005
    2
    Ishtar isn't funny, it isn't clever, and it isn't entertaining, the complete opposite of Young Frankenstein, a true comedy Ishtar isn't funny, it isn't clever, and it isn't entertaining, the complete opposite of Young Frankenstein, a true comedy classic. It is however, so damn close to being so bad it's good though. Expand
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    0
    Ishtar is literally the worst movie I've ever seen in my entire life. Anyone who sits through it, is either socially/financially obligated to,Ishtar is literally the worst movie I've ever seen in my entire life. Anyone who sits through it, is either socially/financially obligated to, or they just hate themselves that much. Expand

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