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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Reviews

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 24, 2013
Planes,Trains and Automobiles is a very funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 30, 2012
One of the funniest films ever made...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
A surprisingly powerful, and incredibly funny, little movie led by two terrific performances and John Hughes' razor sharp script.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 31, 2011
The finest comedy screenplay John Hughes ever wrote.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 28, 2011
Typically Hughes: funny, zany, silly, a little bit dull and annoying, and, eventually, a whole lot sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

July 26, 2011
Expertly executed and very funny road movie that mixes physical, verbal and situational comedy to memorable and highly likeable effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine
July 26, 2011
A warm, mature offering from Hughes, with Martin's restraint a perfect counterpoint to Candy's enormous (and enormously amusing) fooling around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2011
Pretty dispensable.
Brian Holcomb
November 9, 2009
What distinguishes this film from others in the genre is the undercurrent of melancholy between the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 21, 2008
It is, of course, always a pleasure to watch Martin's steam-gauge face register his rising internal pressures and to witness his exquisitely expressed blowoffs. But Candy offers even more insinuating delights.

TV Guide
November 21, 2008
Producer-director-writer Hughes infuses his film with an appealing sense of sentiment and humanity -- not to mention many hilarious scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
November 21, 2008
Man versus technology has been one of the staples of screen comedy since the earliest silent days, and Hughes makes the most of the format here packing as many of the frustrations of modern life as he can into this calamitous travelog of roadside America.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 17, 2006
This slapstick comedy -- with Steve Martin playing the fussy straight man -- should never have worked, but it does, and well enough to earn a place as a holiday classic.
Chuck O'Leary
February 20, 2006
There's plenty of big laughs in this odd-couple comedy, but the main characters are also given a number of human moments, which leads to an ending that's downright poignant.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Essentially, it's the stars' keenly observed nuances of character that make this comedy amiable enough.
Pete Croatto
January 15, 2005
What's amazing, especially after repeated viewings, is that both actors are playing such extremes, yet you're never annoyed by them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 5, 2005
Consistently funny comedy of forced relationships.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2004
Will resonate with anyone who has been frustrated by the inconveniences of travel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 19, 2004
John Hughes at the peak of his powers, with two masterful comedians at theirs.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 7, 2003
Planes, Trains and Automobiles showed that Hughes wasn't in fact some man-child searching for the reasons for his adulthood discontentment.
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