San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's shockingly funny - you don't sit there deciding to laugh. Your own laughter catches you by surprise. [14 Apr 1989]
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Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
This is an amazing black satire filled with vicious biting words that snap like firecrackers.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Director Michael Lehmann made a stunning debut with this sharp satire of teen cliques.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's a tough entry into the tough black-comic genre; don't be surprised if it becomes a classic. [31 March 1989]
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Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
Heathers gave me the creeps but it also made me laugh. This bizarre variation on that Hollywood staple, the teen movie, is one weird original. [30 Mar 1989 p.A12(E)]
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By Emma Cochrane
Michael Lehmann’s feature debut introduced the world to Christian Slater at his Jack Nicholson, subversive best and gave Winona Ryder a career-high role.
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
The sheer outrageousness of its attitude is enough to make Heathers a very welcome relief in a field dominated by sanctimonious and second-hand virtue. [31 March 1989]
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TV Guide

Dark, cynical, but deliciously funny, Heathers is a fascinating look not just at high school but at the way we look at high school.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What sets Heathers apart from less intelligent teenage movies is that it has a point of view toward this subject matter - a bleak, macabre and bitingly satirical one.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The flamboyantly filmed story makes some telling points about adolescent life. But despite its oh-so-cynical mannerisms, it falls all over itself to flatter an allegedly self-absorbed and self-pitying teen audience. [7 April 1989]
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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