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Risky Business Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
April 10, 2016
... you could call it an art movie version of the teen sex comedy.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
As adolescent adventures go, Risky Business is an invigorating, first-class affair: It manages to make coming of age a witty proposition.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
July 31, 2013
Writer/director Paul Brickman has honed a sharp satire on American go-getting here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
August 11, 2010
It's sexy, smart and funny, but also stylish and filled with social satire and commentary on the culture of money.
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
July 16, 2009
A capitalist wet dream; one that we have long since woken up from screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
For writer/director Paul Brickman, this was a case of being in the right place at the right time and, perhaps most importantly, getting the right leading man in place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 28, 2008
It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Douglas Pratt
June 25, 2008
It works well as a comedy but one cringes at the thought that it defined, for a while, the social expectations of a generation.
Jim Hall
April 1, 2008
De Mornay does sterling work as the helpful hooker, but this is Cruise's big chance, and he relishes it, putting in a believable and likeable performance.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 5, 2007
Seeing [Cruise] so baby faced is the biggest surprise, but his talent was definitely visible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 6, 2007
One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence.

TV Guide
August 6, 2007
One of the key films of the 1980s, and proof that a teen sex comedy could merit serious consideration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
August 6, 2007
Writer-director Paul Brickman can therefore be accused of trying to have it both ways, but there's no denying the stylishness and talent of his direction.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
August 6, 2007
Good '80's teen movie with a suitable soundtrack and the loveable Cruise displaying his new found starry confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
April 25, 2007
Paul Brickman makes a splashy debut with a stylish youth satire that conveys more vividly Reagonomics and the corrupt and decadent decade of 1980s than serious dramas like Wall Street; it's also a wonderful showcase for Tom Cruise, who became a star.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 29, 2006
Mildly diverting, wildly overrrated.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
February 9, 2006
What distinguishes it, however, is that it's hovering permanently on the brink of stark, staring disaster in a way that strangely recalls The Graduate.
Steve Crum
October 14, 2005
Now classic Cruise-in-briefs highlights the goings on.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
A classic! Welcome to stardom Mr. Cruise.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It's funny because it deals with subjects that are so touchy, so fraught with emotional pain, that unless we laugh there's hardly any way we can deal with them -- especially if we are now, or ever were, a teenage boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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