Pretty in Pink Reviews

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Rick Lyman
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 2014
It's way too hackneyed for John Hughes. He's already shown us that he knows better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
September 23, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
June 15, 2007
Molly Ringwald is appealing, but the film has little else going for it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 9, 2003
As a Gen-X member, I will be flogged for saying so, but this movie sucked.
| Original Score: 1/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
December 15, 2002
Unfortunately perpetuates the idea that the ultimate accoplishment is capturing the affection of a jerk.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 26, 2002
I wouldn't want to be there when Duckie finally detonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
This is like every other Hughes film, just a little shoddier.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2014
Deutch has no discernible style; the scenes march ahead with only one development per scene, much like the worst in American television.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

People Magazine
June 9, 2014
Unfortunately she gets straitjacketed in her current movie by a script that settles for black-and-white pronouncements instead of the delicate shades of gray that Ringwald employs.
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Richard Rayner
Time Out
June 24, 2006
To be able to give this kind of stuff new and sympathetic twists is a tribute to Hughes' skill with narrative, and to Ringwald's magnetism as a performer.
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Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2014
These kids have a bumpy ride, but this is one film that identifies with their passions instead of indulging them, giving us a perfect back-seat view of kids out cruising, not for kicks but for a hard-earned sense of pride.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
June 9, 2014
It belts along pleasingly enough, but this frenetic, hard-edged comedy drama is too hackneyed to be entirely successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 9, 2014
Pretty in Pink is an engaging movie about youthful concerns that never go out of fashion.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Although it is not a great movie, it contains some moments when the audience is likely to think, yes, being 16 was exactly like that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
September 21, 2002
It's not deep, and it's far from original, but Hughes' word processor apparently still had a little magic left in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Chris Barsanti
ToxicUniverse.com
September 21, 2006
It is perhaps too much to ask that a John Hughes film bear the standard for class warfare in the 1980s, especially when the film was so tone-deaf in depicting its subculture's milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 5, 2011
A grubby and even nasty movie in its understanding of class structure, of culture and counter-culture and the ways that teenagers can destroy one another over the subtle distinctions therein.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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