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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
June 10, 2016
"Ferris Bueller" has some cheerfully zany scenes, but lacks the originality and verve of Hughes' previous telltale teen comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 21, 2016
That eighties gem that still shines from beginning to end.
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Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2015
Chalk up a summer sleeper hit for John Hughes and Paramount.
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014
Broderick's smooth, ever-confident patter gives Ferris Bueller's Day Off just the right air of breezy insouciance.
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
April 23, 2014
This is a lark that I think you'll respond to and cheer on, a lark about one young man who goes to exaggerated lengths, fighting massive odds and disapproving, fearful people, to take a day off.
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Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2014
What should've been a joyful romp turns into a stale, sour-edged celebration of the New Conformist, an affluent, technology-addled cherub without a rebellious whim in his brain.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 23, 2014
It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 23, 2014
[While Risky Business] suggested that money isn't everything, Ferris Bueller insists just the opposite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 23, 2014
Broderick is remarkably likeable as the arrogant, spoilt brat, Ruck is excellent as his melancholy friend and Jones almost steals the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 23, 2014
Ferris Bueller`s Day Off goes through the motions of enjoyable experiences without communicating much joy.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 23, 2014
A minor summertime diversion that could have been much more.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
A film that doesn't seem to know what it's about until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2011
Proof, the best in the filmmaker's career, that a movie doesn't need to bend over backwards for Meaning to be absolutely great.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 8, 2011
Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 5, 2011
its willingness to break convention and throw us into the fantastical, but strangely believable world of its characters makes Ferris Bueller not only Hughes's best teen films, but one of the best teen films ever made
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Hilarious comedy classic; language makes it PG-13.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 7, 2009
The quintessential teen comedy, this is a movie that could and should serve as a model for movies of this sort in the future.
Read More | Original Score: 82/100
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2009
One has to marvel at just how perfectly Hughes nails his frustratingly entitled mise-en-scène, which he unquestionably does in the film's mesmerizing detour inside an art museum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 11, 2009
It's an airhead teen film that nevertheless caught the public's fancy and still remains a popular cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 24, 2008
There is a degree of rebellion in Ferris and a dash of teenage angst in Cameron, but basically Hughes is handing us a joyful bit of fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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