Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
The best way I could probably describe Todd Phillip's War Dogs is The Wolf of Wall Street meets The Big Short meets Lord of War. I don't know where this trend of comedy-spiced biopics started, but I'm really digging them so far. While not as good as the other films I mentioned, War Dogs has a flavor all of its own. It's a superb rush of adrenaline sparked with the occasional comedy quip, coupled with the hilariocity of the subject characters' situation. This is a story too unbelievable to simply jot down on paper- no, it deserved the full cinematic treatment. Phillips blesses audiences with a cocaine-laced style unlike anything I've seen in a film like this.
Miles Teller and Jonah Hill come together to create a justly balanced comedic duo the likes of which haven't been seen since Abbott and Costello. Teller plays the more level-headed type, while Hill is the obnoxious half with an uncontrollable wild side. Loosely based on a true story, Phillips and his writers take liberties by adding in segments that never actually happened, but also avoid detracting attention to the true parts. Outlandish action segments like driving through the Triangle of Death with gun-blazing terrorists on their heels add a cinematic flavor that amps up audience interest while simultaneously making the story all its own. A biopic doesn't necessarily have to present all of its factual events as they occurred to be great, and when those moments are few and far between in reality, appendices are inevitable. Luckily, these additions turn out to be some of the best and most memorable moments of the film, adding both a sense of humor and intensity that would have otherwise been absent.
To be honest, a premise this ineffable almost demands some fictional feats of insanity. If you're going to present a story that's almost too good to be true, you might as well add some parts that are totally fictionalized. Fortunately, Phillips chooses to mostly stick to the facts as well, giving us an educational view of a story that would have otherwise gone unnoticed from people like me. A perfect balance of drama with a slightly smaller dose of comedy gives the film an almost irreverent atmosphere while remaining supremely informative. It's a real shame that War Dogs has done so poorly at the box office. I found it to be a hilarious experience that I'll definitely want to return to again. It's no The Nice Guys but it's still a great comedy. Fans of Jonah Hill will find his performance as good as he always can be, and he really proves to be the best part of the film. A great bio-comedy that actually achieves a great mix of humor and tension.
P.S. For the love of everything, please do not get on the phone while you're driving. Miles Teller talks on the phone while driving in this and I seriously thought he was going to crash again like he did in Whiplash. Then, as my cousin was driving me home, he talked to someone on his phone and was texting while going 80 miles an hour down an interstate and going off the road a little. I seriously thought I was going to die, especially since I had just gotten in a minor car wreck a few weeks prior for almost the exact same reason. Just, please, don't use your phone at all while you're driving a car, especially not on the interstate. It's seriously the worst idea, just don't even think about it. End rant, see War Dogs.