Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    This twisted space opera serves up carcasses in six-digit figures but is foremost a sendup for the ages.
  2. Reviewed by: George Powell
    88
    Jingoistic politics are not proper or prudent in the pluralistic human society of the 1990s. It's much easier to assuage these baser urges by facing a real nonhuman enemy that just wants to kill you. War is gore. You or them. That message is the real strength of "Starship Troopers," although many may find it morally flawed. No matter, this is powerful entertainment that appeals to our most basic instincts.
  3. The movie is sensationally exciting, but its hey-kids-let s-put-on-a-war! story line plays like Beverly Hills, 90210 recast as a military-recruitment film for the Third Reich.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    A spectacularly gung-ho sci-fi epic that delivers two hours of good, nasty fun.
  5. 75
    Although none of the characters are fleshed out much beyond the comic book level, we nevertheless find our sympathies aligning with them.
  6. The film's special effects are astonishing, but the most notable and unexpected thing is its tone.
  7. Wall to wall blood 'n' guts laced with surprisingly keen social satire, much of it targeting the fatuousness of media culture.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 204 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. AndyM.
    Oct 3, 2008
    5
    One thing that immediately struck me about the film was the absolute gender equality that seemed to be present in this society. Such an One thing that immediately struck me about the film was the absolute gender equality that seemed to be present in this society. Such an aspect starts out as being novel and inspiring, until you realize it's just an excuse for the filmmakers to put hot women in scenes which would otherwise be all-male. In addition, the themes of war and violent conflict are addressed, as well as the morality of the destruction of life that may be sentient and intelligent. But these thought-provoking concepts are quickly thrown away for more entertaining things like dramatic visuals and gore. It is an entertaining picture, I'll give it that. The "brain bug" that is apparently intelligent looks like it has a vagina on its face. Yet, there are so many ridiculous things... the prominent one being the strange ability for overgrown bugs to attack other planets, yet without any kind of tool use other than "throwing a meteor". Additionally, I was constantly wondering why these troopers went around blasting fruitlessly at this unaffected bug-monsters with rifles, when they could just drop a huge bomb and be done with it! Oh, right, classic weapons make better cinema. I mean, despite the faults, one should watch it for free on hulu.com, while it's up. Otherwise... you could skip it. Full Review »
  2. TomT
    Mar 8, 2007
    10
    A thought-provoking, entertaining sci-fi action film based on Robert A. Heinlein's Hugo award winning classic sci fi military A thought-provoking, entertaining sci-fi action film based on Robert A. Heinlein's Hugo award winning classic sci fi military novel..that is not for the squeamish, the humorless or the knee jerk, politically correct. Full Review »
  3. Oct 11, 2012
    6
    Much like Transformers, you can only enjoy this movie if you can settle with solid special effects, boatloads of bullets, severed limbs andMuch like Transformers, you can only enjoy this movie if you can settle with solid special effects, boatloads of bullets, severed limbs and explosions, and awful characters and horrendous script. And causal nudity. Nothing more then a guilty pleasure, through and through. Full Review »