Ferris Bueller's Day Off Reviews

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Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2015
Chalk up a summer sleeper hit for John Hughes and Paramount.
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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
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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
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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 18, 2007
Ferris Bueller exhibits John Hughes on an off day. Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
The overriding impression is one of utter nihilism, of a world divided into bored, crassly materialistic teenagers and doltish, unfeeling adults.
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Time Out
February 11, 2006
Ferris is an admittedly entertaining, at times delightful fellow. How unfortunate that no one got to wring the little bastard's neck.
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Nina Darnton
New York Times
May 21, 2003
In this film [Hughes] has created a character who is every teen-ager's fantasy, but in the process he has lost some of the authenticity of his other films.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film's heart is in the right place, and Ferris Bueller is slight, whimsical and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4