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Footloose Reviews

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Rob Vaux

It dates itself in the best possible way for a little throwback kick.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

February 18, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
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It's watchable only because the energetic cast does wonders with the banal story.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 23, 2013
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

For such an iconic dance movie, Footloose is an odd bird of a movie with surprisingly little dancing.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

reignited the youth genre with the dynamics of music video aesthetics and has remained a cultural touchstone ever since

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2011
Randy White
Common Sense Media

A dated rebellion tale.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2011
Rob Gonsalves

Footloose wasn't exactly a critical fave, but it didn't try to be hip and it had a relatively light touch, with recognizable human beings on the screen.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 13, 2008
Variety Staff
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Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 12, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The movie features some good dancing -- not nearly enough, however -- and a fine, understated performance by Lithgow in a role that might easily lend itself to caricature.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 30, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Herbert Ross directed this odd but reasonably effective blend of rock music and didactic melodrama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 30, 2007

Time Out
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A cynical and manipulative exercise with little feel for the teen culture it purports to celebrate.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

An 80s milestone, for better or for worse... and a key link to any game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A lively and entertaining youth drama about the coming of change in a repressive small town.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

March 31, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 23, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

OK teen flick that time has treated kindly.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 2, 2004


Only the most cynical would never admit to tapping their toes to Loggins' title track.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 30, 2004
Fred Topel

I know it's a classic, but I wanted more dancing. Great hair though.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2003
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

One could take it as a quaint little throwback, if the movie weren't so tedious.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 56/100

June 23, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously. It wants to fill the screen with catchy music and pretty kids, and this it certainly accomplishes.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The kids fight for their right to party in this hokey song-and-dance story.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A '50s B-movie very awkwardly translated to the '80s.

| Original Score: 2/5

February 6, 2003
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