Early reviews for Top Gun: Maverick are soaring high for Tom Cruise’s highly-anticipated sequel as critics praise the film for its action and impactful story.
Top Gun: Maverick Early Reviews Reveal Another Tom Cruise Win
The original Top Gun film released over 30 years ago. Director Tony Scott and Tom Cruise delivered a high-octane thrilling action movie that featured a school for the best Navy pilots. On May 27th, fans will once again see Cruise’s Peter “Maverick” Mitchell fly amongst the best. Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski and has been one of the most anticipated films since the first trailer dropped online.
The Top Gun sequel will feature Cruise returning to the fighter pilot school to help train a younger generation of pilots such Rooster, son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), played by Miles Teller. Their relationship will be the central conflict in the sequel. Top Gun: Maverick trailers repeatedly focus on the practical flying sequences Cruise and his costars participated in. This time around, Cruise and the rest of the actors really are flying in F-18s.
Check Out The Early Reviews for Top Gun: Maverick Below
Weeks after Paramount allowed movie reviews online, critics are starting to share their first reactions to Top Gun: Maverick. The studio has lifted the embargo and now the internet is being flooded with reviews. Early reviews for the Top Gun sequel look good as critics have been praising the movie for delivering stunning action sequences and a deeper story story than the first film.
Ben Kendrick, Screen Rant
Arriving 26 years after the first film, Top Gun: Maverick is a rare sequel that is not only better than the original but retroactively makes Top Gun’s story altogether deeper.
Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
Top Gun: Maverick is outstanding; the ultimate package of what you want from classic summer blockbuster entertainment. The movie has visceral thrills, massive peril, hard-fought and earned victories, but also captivating romance, searing drama, big emotional stakes, heart, soul, and poignant pathos.
David Rooney, THR
The most memorable part of Top Gun: Maverick — and the scenes that will make new generations swell with pride and adulation for good old American heroism — are the dogfights and tactical maneuvers of the pilots. Just as they should be. The best thing this movie does is boost visceral analog action over the usual numbing bombardment of CG fakery, a choice fortified by having the actors in the airborne cockpits during shooting.
Ross Bonaime, Collider
When talking about Top Gun: Maverick, it’s hard not to sound hyperbolic, but this is the rare case where it absolutely deserves all the massive praise. Top Gun: Maverick improves upon the original in every conceivable way (well, the soundtrack doesn’t have Berlin, so that’s one strike against it), and does so in a way that might make this one of the greatest sequels ever made.
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
Top Gun: Maverick counts as a worthy sequel in that it succeeds and fails in many of the same ways as the original. It’s another cornball male weepie and military recruitment ad that feels like every WWII movie got fed into an algorithm, and the flying sequences are breathtaking enough to make you forget that these guys and gals are engaging in the kind of combat scenarios that start wars.
David Ehlrich, IndieWire
If “Top Gun” was a fun film because it invented Tom Cruise, “Maverick” is a great film because it immortalizes him. It’s not a Tom Cruise movie so much as it’s “Tom Cruise: The Movie,” and by the time it’s over, even his fiercest critics might have to admit that they’ll miss him when he’s gone.
Clarisse Loughrey, Independent UK
The belated follow-up Top Gun: Maverick is as thrilling as blockbusters get. It’s the kind of edge-of-your-seat, fist-pumping spectacular that can unite an entire room full of strangers sitting in the dark and leave them with a wistful tear in their eye.
Matt Donato, IGN
Top Gun: Maverick is an out-of-bounds blast of afterburner fumes and thrillseeker highs that’s sure to please audiences looking for a classic summer blockbuster.
Justin Chang, LA Times
Top Gun: Maverick is a longer, costlier and appreciably weightier affair, and its expanded emotional scope and heightened production values (including a score by the original film’s composer, Harold Faltermeyer) give it a classy, elegiac sheen; it’s like a hot summer diversion in prestige-dinosaur drag, or vice versa.
Matt Singer, ScreenCrush
Where Top Gun: Maverick shines is in the action, and in the way the stunts underscore Cruise’s dogged determination to prove that old school spectacle still has value in a cinematic landscape dominated by ugly CGI, superheroes, and streaming content viewed on tiny screens.
Top Gun: Maverick is sure to be a hit at the box office and with the fans. There’s no doubt Tom Cruise will deliver another breath-taking experience like with his Mission Impossible films and there’s no stopping him, yet.
Top Gun: Maverick will fly into theaters on May 27th, 2022. Check out the Top Gun: Maverick Featurette below to see how the actors trained for this movie.