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Footloose Reviews

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Josh Larsen
October 19, 2016
Kevin Bacon moves like a machete chopping through the jungle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 17, 2016
"Footloose" turns out to be a sort of Boy Scout version of "Flashdance," a carefully toned-down, overly respectable piece of schmaltz ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Vaux
February 18, 2014
It dates itself in the best possible way for a little throwback kick.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 23, 2013
It's watchable only because the energetic cast does wonders with the banal story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 10, 2011
For such an iconic dance movie, Footloose is an odd bird of a movie with surprisingly little dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 3, 2011
reignited the youth genre with the dynamics of music video aesthetics and has remained a cultural touchstone ever since
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A dated rebellion tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008
Footloose wasn't exactly a critical fave, but it didn't try to be hip and it had a relatively light touch, with recognizable human beings on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
February 12, 2008
Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part.

TV Guide
January 30, 2007
The movie features some good dancing -- not nearly enough, however -- and a fine, understated performance by Lithgow in a role that might easily lend itself to caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 30, 2007
Herbert Ross directed this odd but reasonably effective blend of rock music and didactic melodrama.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A cynical and manipulative exercise with little feel for the teen culture it purports to celebrate.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 2, 2005
An 80s milestone, for better or for worse... and a key link to any game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 31, 2005
A lively and entertaining youth drama about the coming of change in a repressive small town.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 2, 2004
OK teen flick that time has treated kindly.
| Original Score: 3/5

March 30, 2004
Only the most cynical would never admit to tapping their toes to Loggins' title track.
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
I know it's a classic, but I wanted more dancing. Great hair though.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
June 23, 2003
One could take it as a quaint little throwback, if the movie weren't so tedious.
Read More | Original Score: 56/100
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously. It wants to fill the screen with catchy music and pretty kids, and this it certainly accomplishes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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