Ferris Bueller's Day Off Reviews

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Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2015
Chalk up a summer sleeper hit for John Hughes and Paramount.
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014
Broderick's smooth, ever-confident patter gives Ferris Bueller's Day Off just the right air of breezy insouciance.
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
April 23, 2014
This is a lark that I think you'll respond to and cheer on, a lark about one young man who goes to exaggerated lengths, fighting massive odds and disapproving, fearful people, to take a day off.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 23, 2014
Broderick is remarkably likeable as the arrogant, spoilt brat, Ruck is excellent as his melancholy friend and Jones almost steals the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 23, 2014
A minor summertime diversion that could have been much more.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2011
Proof, the best in the filmmaker's career, that a movie doesn't need to bend over backwards for Meaning to be absolutely great.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 8, 2011
Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 5, 2011
its willingness to break convention and throw us into the fantastical, but strangely believable world of its characters makes Ferris Bueller not only Hughes's best teen films, but one of the best teen films ever made
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Hilarious comedy classic; language makes it PG-13.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 7, 2009
The quintessential teen comedy, this is a movie that could and should serve as a model for movies of this sort in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2009
One has to marvel at just how perfectly Hughes nails his frustratingly entitled mise-en-scène, which he unquestionably does in the film's mesmerizing detour inside an art museum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 24, 2008
There is a degree of rebellion in Ferris and a dash of teenage angst in Cameron, but basically Hughes is handing us a joyful bit of fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
May 5, 2008
Sporadically hilarious, with roots that run far deeper than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Fortgang
Film4
May 5, 2008
There are some great comic set pieces with a seize-the-day vibe for teens.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2007
Broderick brings some real charm and chutzpah to the part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
October 7, 2006
A comedy classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 16, 2006
Not only captures what being a teenager and a high schooler felt like, but also embodies what life ought to be like.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 24, 2006
...removed from the moment, the high capitalism of the mid-1980s, the movie seems mild and pleasantly whimsical.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 2, 2006
A next generation Eddie Haskell, Ferris Bueller redefined "cool" misbehavior for Generation X....Hughes has a knack for memorable set pieces. [new DVD review]
| Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 16, 2005
| Original Score: C+
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