• 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

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence.

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August 6, 2007
Variety Staff
Variety
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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.

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August 6, 2007
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.

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February 9, 2006
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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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[The film] improves as it goes along.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
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