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Metascore

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100
This twisted space opera serves up carcasses in six-digit figures but is foremost a sendup for the ages.
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.
83
Entertainment Weekly
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.
75
The film's special effects are astonishing, but the most notable and unexpected thing is its tone.
75
ReelViews
Although none of the characters are fleshed out much beyond the comic book level, we nevertheless find our sympathies aligning with them.
67
Wall to wall blood 'n' guts laced with surprisingly keen social satire, much of it targeting the fatuousness of media culture.
60
This is a movie nasty enough to kill off the major characters twice and still manage to serve up a happy ending.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
Faithfully represents Heinlein's militarism, his Big Brother state, and a value system in which the highest good is to kill a friend before the Bugs can eat him. The underlying ideas are the most interesting aspect of the film.
50
Christian Science Monitor
Paul Verhoeven's movie takes more action than ideas from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, which is just as well, considering the book's goofy suggestion that military veterans should control society from top to bottom.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The word "arachnid," as it's said so contemptuously in the movie, begins to sound suspiciously like "Iraqi," and indeed, we soon see the elite bugs are hunkered down in their desert fortress, resisting the mighty air assaults of the Federation. The conclusion of our story involves unearthing the chief bug.

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