• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Paul Brickman
    In Theaters:
    Aug 5, 1983 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 1997
  • Warner Bros.


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Risky Business Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

As adolescent adventures go, Risky Business is an invigorating, first-class affair: It manages to make coming of age a witty proposition.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

July 31, 2013
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Writer/director Paul Brickman has honed a sharp satire on American go-getting here.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

It's sexy, smart and funny, but also stylish and filled with social satire and commentary on the culture of money.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

August 11, 2010
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

A capitalist wet dream; one that we have long since woken up from screaming.

Full Review Source: Clothes on Film | Original Score: 2/5

July 16, 2009
James Berardinelli
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For writer/director Paul Brickman, this was a case of being in the right place at the right time and, perhaps most importantly, getting the right leading man in place.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2008
Douglas Pratt

It works well as a comedy but one cringes at the thought that it defined, for a while, the social expectations of a generation.

June 25, 2008


De Mornay does sterling work as the helpful hooker, but this is Cruise's big chance, and he relishes it, putting in a believable and likeable performance.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 1, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 6, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the key films of the 1980s, and proof that a teen sex comedy could merit serious consideration.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 6, 2007
Variety Staff
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Writer-director Paul Brickman can therefore be accused of trying to have it both ways, but there's no denying the stylishness and talent of his direction.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 6, 2007
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Good '80's teen movie with a suitable soundtrack and the loveable Cruise displaying his new found starry confidence.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2007
Emanuel Levy

Paul Brickman makes a splashy debut with a stylish youth satire that conveys more vividly Reagonomics and the corrupt and decadent decade of 1980s than serious dramas like Wall Street; it's also a wonderful showcase for Tom Cruise, who became a star.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

April 25, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Mildly diverting, wildly overrrated.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2006
Chris Peachment
Time Out
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What distinguishes it, however, is that it's hovering permanently on the brink of stark, staring disaster in a way that strangely recalls The Graduate.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Steve Crum

Now classic Cruise-in-briefs highlights the goings on.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 14, 2005
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A classic! Welcome to stardom Mr. Cruise.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's funny because it deals with subjects that are so touchy, so fraught with emotional pain, that unless we laugh there's hardly any way we can deal with them -- especially if we are now, or ever were, a teenage boy.

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

October 23, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

involving and entertaining

| Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Apesar de ingênua para os padrões contemporâneos, esta comédia ainda funciona graças ao carisma jovial de Cruise.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2004
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