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Starship Troopers (1997)



Critic Consensus: A fun movie...if you can accept the excessive gore and wooden acting.

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Paul Verhoeven has fashioned a visually spectacular, morbidly funny comic book adventure that seems to merge the fresh-faced youths of the Archie Comics with the save-the-planet mandate of ÒBuck Rogers.Ó

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Casper Van Dien
as Johnny Rico
Dina Meyer
as Dizzy Flores
Denise Richards
as Carmen Ibanez
Jake Busey
as Ace Levy
Neil Patrick Harris
as Carl Jenkins
Clancy Brown
as Sgt. Zim
Seth Gilliam
as Sugar Watkins
Patrick Muldoon
as Zander Barcalow
Michael Ironside
as Jean Rasczak
Rue McClanahan
as Biology Teacher
Marshall Bell
as Gen. Owen
Eric Bruskotter
as Breckinridge
Matt Levin
as Kitten Smith
Brenda Strong
as Captain Deladier
Dean Norris
as Commanding Officer
Lenore Kasdorf
as Mrs. Rico
as Corporal Bronski
Steven Ford
as Lt. Willy
Ungela Brockman
as Corporal Birdie
Greg Travis
as Net Correspondent
Bruce Gray
as Sky Marshall Dienes
Denise Dowse
as Sky Marshall Meru
John Cunningham
as Fed Net Announcer
Robert David Hall
as Recruiting Sergeant
Brad Kane
as Lanny
Amy Smart
as Pilot Cadet
Patrick Bishop
as Engineering Officer
Hunter Bodine
as Young Cap Trooper
Travis Lowen
as Little Boy Trooper
Patrick Wolff
as Late Cadet
Mara Duronslet
as Communications Officer
Dale Dye
as General
Michael Stokey
as Officer with Morita
Tyrone Tann
as Student
Ronald L. Botchan
as Jumpball Referee
Stephanie Erb
as Young Mother
Alexi Lakatos
as Stomping Kid
Nathaniel Marshall
as Stomping Kid
Austin Sanderford
as Stomping Kid
Rhiannon Vigil
as Stomping Kid
Mylin Brooks
as Female Trooper
Armand Darrius
as Male Trooper
Kai Lennox
as Male Trooper
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Critic Reviews for Starship Troopers

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (18)

In its early scenes, 'Troopers 'is basically a goofy high school movie, complete with love triangles, a big game, and a school dance (and sex) after. Once they've begun infantry training, the flexing of machismo so over the top, it can only be satire.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

More effective as a satire than as an action extravaganza.

June 20, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Lacks the courage of the book's fascist conclusions.

May 29, 2002 | Full Review…

Lacking the sophistication of the average comic book, it compensates with panoramic attack sequences, reminiscent of the Japanese swarm attacks in American war movies.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

A jaw-dropping experience, so rigorously one-dimensional and free from even the pretense of intelligence it's hard not to be astonished and even mesmerized by what is on the screen.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It is pure Verhoeven -- broad, brash and ultraviolent, and all up there on the screen.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Starship Troopers


The epitome of the cheesiest 90's action movie of all time. The entire tone, acting, style, and script was so cheesy that no gratuitous amount of blood, or "cool" looking action scene was able to redeem this junky movie.

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Starship Troopers is one of those films that blends elements of Science Fiction, horror and comedy. The film is directed by Paul Verhoeven, director of Robocop. Starship Troopers is a visual feast on the eyes as a war between bugs and humans wages on. The film is heavy on special effects and it has a heavy dose of humour thrown in to soften the mood. With a film like this, you must not take the film so seriously therefore Verhoeven's use of humour is timed perfectly well. In the end Starship Troopers is simply just an action packed sci fi horror film with tongue in cheek moments. The end result is very well done and Starship Troopers is a terrific accomplishment in the genre. If you enjoy a different type of sci-fi film, then this one is for you. The film is very different from Robert A. Heinlein's book of the same name. Despite the fact that this is a different film from what the book is, Starship Troopers is a well crafted, cheesy popcorn action sci fi horror flick. The best performance of this film is Michael Ironside. The rest of the cast is decent, never anything good or memorable. There aren't any characters that you can relate to, so you don't really care if they live or die. The best way to describe this film is 90210 in outer space. Still for what it is, this is a mindless action horror romp that delivers effective blood, gore and a good time. This film stands out because it's over the top, and shocking. Hell, Starship Troopers is ridiculous, but that's what makes this film worth seeing in the first place.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Highly underrated sci-fi adventure, that delivers some of the coolest and most exciting battle sequences ever made for the big screen. Just the fact that I've seen it about ten times by now should speak for how much I love it. What makes it so special and outstanding is that, unlike most other films within the genre, it actually has some genuine intelligence to it. Okay, so it's not Oscar-material script-wise, but it's got such an incredibly cool and exhilarating story, while cleverly satiring political propaganda films (like those produced by the Nazis during WWII). So don't mistake this for just another dumb action movie, because although it may look like one on the surface, this film has lot to say about war and the violence that comes with it. Furthermore, it's got some truly awesome special effects, which still look great and really spectacular by today's refined standards. Be sure to watch it on Blu-ray for the best possible viewing experience. Because as much of a visual treat as this movie is, it truly deserves to be seen in high-definition. An all-around amazing rollercoaster ride, that gets nothing less than my highest recommendation!

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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