88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The movie made me so happy, and here I am back on the subway with Nerdo, and there's this jerk across the aisle who's like ancient, 30 at least, and he's got the nerve to look right into my see-through Madonna lace outfit. And he winks. Oh, barf- ola.
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80

Los Angeles Times

Delightful... The film is buoyed by a captivating performance by Ringwald, who has an unerring ability to share her character's emotions with an audience, as if we were eavsdropping behind her makeup mirror. [28 Feb 1986]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Although it is not a great movie, it contains some moments when the audience is likely to think, yes, being 16 was exactly like that.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Very high on my list of good movie titles, has fascinating deep tones, surprising poignancy, and tendor humor for a movie aimed at teenage audiences. [28 Feb 1986]
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70

Variety

A rather intelligent (if not terribly original) look at adolescent insecurities.
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70

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Fortunately, the actors are mostly likable, and the story is told gently enough to downplay both its trendiness and its conventionality.
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70

Time

By Richard Corliss
Blane's snooty friend Steff (Spader) could be a tired stereotype, but with his all-year tan, his hip-blase voice and hs view of high school as a "career," Steff becomes a recognizable character of any age: upscale slime in embryo. [3 Mar 1996, p.83]
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60

Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
I got my first date because of this movie so you won't see me giving it any less than three stars.
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60

TV Guide

While the script contains trite and unbelievable dialogue, the superbly convincing performances make up for these faults.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
What we have here is a much less radical movie than writer Hughes probably believes he has created. Yes, he's given us an individualistic girl, but she swoons like a robot after the first reasonably human WASP or WASC asks her for a date. [2 Feb 1986]
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57 out of 100
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