Some Kind of Wonderful Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 27, 2011
The cynical view of humanity demonstrated within makes it a fascinating outlier in the writer/producer's canon and the '80s teen film generally.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
July 14, 2010
A movie that could have been something wonderful, winds up only kind of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2008
The best of all 80s teen movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2007
Assembly-line feature from the John Hughes teen factory.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 24, 2007
An amazingly mature young actress, Masterson skillfully brings subtlety, depth, and nuance to her character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
July 24, 2007
A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2006
...another authentic look at teenaged life from Hughes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This time it ends with the underdogs together. Oddly enough, it's this conclusion that feels phony, seeing as Stoltz has spent the last 80 minutes arranging his dream date with Lea.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 22, 2005
If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.
| Original Score: 3/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
October 20, 2004
All of these movies are good now.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2004
Underscores how feelings of self-worth make all the difference in the lives of adolescents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Henderson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 21, 2004
Plays attractively like Intro to Anticapitalism 101.
Fred Topel
About.com
July 25, 2003
Classic '80s movie, the uncool kid triumphs.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film creates a perfect embodiment of every adolescent's nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Some Kind of Wonderful belongs to that early Hughes period before his depictions of the American teen experience became canned and cynical.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 7, 2003
So-so storyline, but Mary Stuart Masterson rocks!
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 25, 2002
Better than average teen romantic comedy from the Hughes years.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
November 22, 2002
Often regarded as the forgotten stepchild of cult favorite Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful is notable in that it's an improvement over its inspiration in every conceivable capacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 26, 2002
I adore Some Kind of Wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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