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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

War . Comedy . Biography . Drama

In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker (Tina Fey) decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. Luckily, she meets Tanya Vanderpoel (Margot Robbie), a fellow journalist who takes the shellshocked reporter under her wing. Amid the militants, warlords and nighttime partying, Barker discovers the key to becoming a successful correspondent.

Actors: Tina Fey , Margot Robbie , Billy Bob Thornton , Martin Freeman , Josh Charles , Alfred Molina , Christopher Abbott , Nicholas Braun , Sheila Vand , Evan Jonigkeit
Directors: Glenn Ficarra , John Requa
Country: USA
Release: 2016-03-04
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  • Alonso Duralde

    The acting is universally excellent, particularly Fey, who’s shrewdly fulfilling our expectations while playing off them.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Boldly entertaining.

    Time Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Robustly entertaining.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Ficara and Requa have an irreverent streak, one that even might strike some as a little flippant against the gravity of the war.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Fey is such a likable and funny screen presence, but she’s no lightweight when it comes to playing subtle, honest drama.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot isn't a great movie, but it is something rare and important: a woman's story of self-discovery - having nothing to do with her finding a husband - that has gotten room on the big screen.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    There aren’t enough movies in which Tina Fey fires an AK-47 while grinning maniacally. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot turns out to make excellent use of her established skills while revealing new ones: It’s “30 Rock Me to the Casbah.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    I found it flawed but fascinating, and a no-fail showcase for Tina Fey’s real talents as a serious actress. Best of all, this movie is never boring for a single minute.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Margot Robbie plays Tanya, Kim’s best friend and professional rival, and it’s a real asset to have someone with that kind of a star wattage in a supporting role.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Elise Nakhnikian

    Its feminist perspective checkmates the frat-boy misogyny and machismo that too often mar films set in combat zones.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Certainly this could've been a bolder, angrier movie than what it became. After so much grimness in movies about U.S. military actions in the Middle East, it's good finding one dedicated to the kind of humor getting a lot of folks through over there.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    Even with the occasional misfire in the plot, Fey’s strong performance throughout the film lets Whiskey go down in smooth and satisfying fashion.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    There's a lot going on here. Maybe too much. The filmmakers can't draw coherence out of chaos. But Fey does.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Tina Fey gives her finest, funniest big screen performance by essentially doing in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot what she did so well on TV’s “30 Rock.”

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    It's a frequently funny film that comes packed with the thrills of real combat, with real consequences for the characters. But the basic premise does make one question its priorities.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    There’s a freshness and an unjaded quality to almost every scene that makes you want to keep watching. Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a film of modest pleasures, but what I liked about it, I liked a lot. I hope more filmmakers figure out how to write to Fey's strengths, because she's really engaging here.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    WTF is on the right track, even if it never pulls all the way in to the station.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Blake Goble

    Fey delivers the performance like the super-capable talent she is, with range and authenticity. She’s a character with a fully expressed arc, foibles and all. She’s the dramedy’s best weapon.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    What work better in the movie are mostly smaller moments: the jokes that land, the rapport between the reporters, and all the weirdly ordinary ways people manage to find a new normal, even in the most WTF circumstances.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot has surprisingly dull fangs.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Fey is a good fit with the material, and her co-stars are all solid, including Billy Bob Thornton as a laconic general; Martin Freeman as a boozy, charming Scottish journalist; Alfred Molina as a local politician with a crush on Kim; and Christopher Abbott (Girls) as Kim’s fixer and translator (he tries to keep her out of trouble).

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    True to its title, as well as its flawed but sympathetic protagonist, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is more confused than cynical or opportunistic. Its bewilderment is contagious, and ultimately endearing.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot a horrible movie about a white outsider plopped in the middle of Afghanistan? No, that would be last year’s “Rock the Kasbah.” But neither does Whiskey Tango Foxtrot fulfill its assigned duty to provide evidence of Fey’s versatility. Full Review
  • Jimi Famurewa

    Comedy for grown-ups that sometimes struggles with its ambitious brief, but always remembers that the best laughs contain the odd shard of shrapnel.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    It's tasty at times, but feels like a very special episode of "30 Rock." Halfway in, you're still expecting Kenneth the Page to show up.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Ficarra and Requa never quite strike a successful balance between comedy and drama, making the whole thing feel a bit off.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Britt Hayes

    For all its failings (of which there are many), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is still a rather enjoyable and mostly pleasant viewing experience, the kind of movie that’s easy to watch and digest when taken at its glossy face value.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Richard Brody

    The filmmakers keep to the surface of the bluntly rowdy story while conveying apolitical layers of regret and exasperation, in wanly comic and affectingly melodramatic action alike.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    A movie like this doesn’t require 30 Rock’s joke density or silly streak, but it’s surprising that Fey and Carlock’s satirical eyes aren’t a little more alert.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    As for Ms. Fey, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot doesn’t serve her fully, but this is her best work yet on the feature screen.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It’s not so much bad as dismayingly bland. It’s WTF for all the wrong reasons.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    As written by the TV veteran Robert Carlock, Kim’s rise-and-fade arc is sympathetically rendered, with humor and the urgency of an underhand pitch.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    There’s a sharp comedy to be made about America’s misadventures in Afghanistan. This isn’t it.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    While it's no disaster, it's oddly indistinct and uncertain.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    Fey's work is strong, yet it's difficult to squash the impression that this could be a more powerful movie, and an even more significant showcase for Tina Fey.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    Strange movie. And despite the presence of Tina Fey playing its lead character, a cable-TV reporter named Kim Baker, it’s not a funny one.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    It’s to Ficarra and Requa’s credit that they try to juggle romance and political commentary, daring to make a studio movie that doesn’t fall into cookie-cutter genre rules. But the overriding problem is that Whiskey doesn’t go far enough in its risk-taking, settling for a story that gets more predictable as it rolls along.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Michael Snydel

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a galling, casually offensive, and deeply unsatisfying film.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    As in their previous films (I Love You Phillip Morris; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Focus), directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa enjoy just scattershot success in hitting their seriocomic targets, scoring from time to time with their more coarse and outlandish gambits but rarely inducing one to take what they're watching very seriously.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Simon Houpt

    The dialogue is sour, the politics problematic (Broadway veterans as Afghan locals? Why not?!), and the sentiments sometimes eye-rolling. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, indeed.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie plays like a global-political farce made by people who’ve never left the Upper West Side.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Despite the script’s direct acknowledgment that it’s telling a “white-American-lady story,” the movie never quite shakes off a glib, incurious outsider’s perspective that can tilt into outright cluelessness, particularly where some of its more egregious casting choices are concerned.

    Variety Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    The mild Islamophobia and highly questionable casting choices in the film call to mind other texting abbreviations, namely AYFKMWTS and GTFOOH. In the end, though, it's an armed-forces acronym dating back to World War II that best describes this dismal project: FUBAR.

    Village Voice Full Review
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