• Released
  • January 29, 1964
  • PG , 1 hr 33 min
  • Comedy
  • 61 Fan Ratings
100

TV Guide

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.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.
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100

Dallas Observer

By Gregory Weinkauf
Kubrick's comic gem sparkles with enduring relevance.
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100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
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.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Is ''Dr. Strangelove" Kubrick's best movie? Along with ''Paths of Glory," absolutely.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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100

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
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.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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90

Variety

George C. Scott as the fiery Pentagon general who seizes on the crisis as a means to argue for total annihilation of Russia offers a top performance, one of the best in the film. Odd as it may seem in this backdrop, he displays a fine comedy touch.
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80

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Yet some of the laughs come too easy and linger too long; for the film's message to have maximum impact, the laughter has to stick in your throat.
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96 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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