Sixteen Candles Synopsis
A girl turning 16 likes another girl's guy and feels nobody cares about her birthday.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Molly Ringwald is radiant here as the eternal teen looking for love.
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75

TV Guide

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The premise is ordinary, but the film is distinguished by funny gags and excellent performances by Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a fresh and cheerful movie with a goofy sense of humor and a good ear for how teenagers talk.
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70

Variety

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Ringwald is engaging and credible. For the boys, there's a bright, funny performance by Anthony Michael Hall.
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70

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
The movie is cheerful and light, showcasing Mr. Hughes's knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent...
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Screenwriter John Hughes, making his directing debut, is at his best when he empathizes with the sensitivity in the ugly-duckling Ringwald...
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50

Empire

Hall is very funny as the energetic adolescent pest and a good supporting cast includes the Cusack sibings John and Joan.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
There are individual sequences alternately amusing and touching. [08 May 1984]
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Along with the lapses of taste that have become standard in pictures aimed at teen audiences, filmmaker John Hughes offers moments of wit...
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30

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Hughes invokes the classical unities of time, place, and plot symmetry, yet he trashes his careful structure every time he needs a gag -...
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By keahi928
i just love this movie. as long it is showing on TV or on the movie screen, i will always watch it. it was so nice to see it on a movie screen again. on a bigger one too....

Sixteen Candles review

By Therumrunner5
Cable...

Great.

By panther96
A favorite!...

Blast from the past...

By DRKSDLVR75
The Texas Station casino theaters are doing a 8 week flashback movie run. Sixteen candles was the climactic end to the 8 week run. It was like it was 1984 all over again. Grainy film poor...

Sixteen Candles

By jewells1014
Loved the flashback movies! Sixteen Candles is the best flashback!...

A Classic

By MrFluff
Wonderful teen movie. I had seen it many times before but husband saw it for the first time on Valentine's Day. He LOVED it! Taking place in the 80's it was fun to see how much of the...

Great Vday Date!

By djcarter
Awesome Date Movie! My girlfriend loved it! Great valentines day idea!...

Hilarious movie!

By beck1721
It was awesome seeing it on the big screen. This is one of my favorite movies and was just as funny watching it at the movie theater!...

Valentine's Day Movie

By tennistori
This was a great idea to re-release a Valentine's Day classic like this. I believe that their would be a wider variety of movie goers patronize AMC theaters if oldies/classics like this were released...

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Rated PG
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