Ferris Bueller's Day Off Reviews

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Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2014
What should've been a joyful romp turns into a stale, sour-edged celebration of the New Conformist, an affluent, technology-addled cherub without a rebellious whim in his brain.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 23, 2014
Ferris Bueller`s Day Off goes through the motions of enjoyable experiences without communicating much joy.
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 18, 2007
Ferris Bueller exhibits John Hughes on an off day. Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 11, 2009
It's an airhead teen film that nevertheless caught the public's fancy and still remains a popular cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 23, 2014
[While Risky Business] suggested that money isn't everything, Ferris Bueller insists just the opposite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nina Darnton
New York Times
May 21, 2003
In this film [Hughes] has created a character who is every teen-ager's fantasy, but in the process he has lost some of the authenticity of his other films.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
The overriding impression is one of utter nihilism, of a world divided into bored, crassly materialistic teenagers and doltish, unfeeling adults.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
A film that doesn't seem to know what it's about until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 23, 2014
It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion.
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Time Out
February 11, 2006
Ferris is an admittedly entertaining, at times delightful fellow. How unfortunate that no one got to wring the little bastard's neck.
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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film's heart is in the right place, and Ferris Bueller is slight, whimsical and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 15, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Whether you're coming to this happy-go-lucky comedy with fresh eyes or through a miasma of nostalgia, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
Eminently quotable and very, very fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 19, 2002
The pinnacle of Director John Hughes career. A comedy gem!
| Original Score: 5/5
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