Sixteen Candles Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Mania.com
May 5, 2014
High school is high school no matter what the date, and Hughes ensures that the constancies of that age remain unchanged.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
The plotting is crude and haphazard, but the dialogue is amusing and the cast is appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 13, 2012
...a sporadically amusing yet hopelessly uneven endeavor that simply isn't in the same league as Hughes' later classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 25, 2011
A high school film just smart enough to be special and bad enough that it could be improved upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
September 8, 2008
Candles is a brazenly mischievous, consistently uproarious comedy that christens the devastating Hughes-fu with vivacious results.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 18, 2007
There's also a darkly handsome high school heartbreak kid (Michael Schoeffling), a merciful brisk pace, some quick humor (visual and verbal), and a solid music track.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2007
This funny, unpretentious film marked writer John Hughes's first time out as a director. The premise is ordinary, but the film is distinguished by funny gags and excellent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
As the girl, Molly Ringwald is natural and appealing, but she's lost in a world of blunt, vicious caricatures.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive package.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The first effort by writer/director John Hughes on his way to becoming the William Shakespeare of teenage angst. One really has to be aware of the climate of the early '80s to truly understand the impact that this film had among teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 11, 2005
Broad, bubbly, and kind of adorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A sweet and funny movie about two of the worst things that can happen to a girl on her sixteenth birthday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
a slightly over-sweet teen classic
| Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
October 20, 2003
So great I brought it on laserdisc years ago!
| Original Score: 5/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
September 2, 2003
just right
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 23, 2003
Demonstrates writer and director John Huges's keen eye for the foibles, inner torments and social embarassments of adolescence
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Most of the the movie is cheerful and light, showcasing Mr. Hughes's knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent behavior that anyone else might want to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
Quintessential John Hughes viewing. Anthony Michael Hall, great as usual.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Molly Ringwald is radiant here as the eternal teen looking for love.
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