• Released
  • May 4, 1984
  • PG , 1 hr 30 min
  • Comedy
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Sixteen Candles Synopsis
A girl turning 16 likes another girl's guy and feels nobody cares about her birthday.
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78

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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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
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