• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Howard Deutch
    In Theaters:
    Feb 28, 1986 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 20, 2002
  • Paramount Pictures


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Pretty in Pink Reviews

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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First-Timer Howard Deutch is a nice surprise too. His precise, unexploitative direction is sympathetic to the awkward pauses in teen talk, to the mopery of first love, to the suicidal bravado of words spoken in heat.

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June 9, 2014
Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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.

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June 9, 2014
Rick Lyman
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's way too hackneyed for John Hughes. He's already shown us that he knows better.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

June 9, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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When Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts are onscreen together, the movie is aglow. See Pretty In Pink or, years from now, you may suffer side effects from missing it.

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June 9, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Deutch has no discernible style; the scenes march ahead with only one development per scene, much like the worst in American television.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 9, 2014
Variety Staff
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Pretty in Pink is a rather intelligent (if not terribly original) look at adolescent insecurities.

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July 18, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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This is like every other Hughes film, just a little shoddier.

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July 18, 2007
Richard Rayner
Time Out
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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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June 24, 2006
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Miss Ringwald's pouty naturalness remains her biggest asset, and her performance is once again appealing.

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May 20, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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