Risky Business Reviews

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Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
July 16, 2009
A capitalist wet dream; one that we have long since woken up from screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 19, 2003
Paul Brickman shows a very strong filmmaking talent, which might blossom if given material worthy of it.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
As adolescent adventures go, Risky Business is an invigorating, first-class affair: It manages to make coming of age a witty proposition.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 5, 2007
Seeing [Cruise] so baby faced is the biggest surprise, but his talent was definitely visible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
July 31, 2013
Writer/director Paul Brickman has honed a sharp satire on American go-getting here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
A classic! Welcome to stardom Mr. Cruise.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 12, 2003
Tom Cruise was never this young, was he?
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
September 20, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 6, 2007
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.
Jim Hall
Film4
April 1, 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.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 29, 2001
The roots of American Beauty can all be found in this groundbreaking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
August 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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