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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Reviews

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Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film does have its scattered moments. But too often, the audience has as much reason as Del and Neal do to wonder where, if anywhere, they are going.
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
One of the few truly funny things that both Martin and Candy did.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 7, 2003
A comic masterpiece that never goes out of style
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
February 25, 2003
A near-perfect comedy, featuring director John Hughes at the top of his over-sentimental game.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 12, 2002
The late John Candy does his best work in one of the funniest films of the '80s.
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
One of John Hughes finest hours, and a tour-de-force for Candy and Martin.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Grove
Film Threat
June 11, 2002
It's a great comedy, and a deeply touching one, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
certainly funny, but it is also a moving story that anyone who has ever recognized his or her own shortcomings will understand
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movies that last, the ones we return to, don't always have lofty themes or Byzantine complexities. Sometimes they last because they are arrows straight to the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A riotously springy holiday knockabout.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The script and direction by Hughes ... amount to wobbly passes that Martin and Candy turn into touchdowns anyway.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It's a fine cinematic treat that doesn't demand much from a viewer, but gives back a lot, both in terms of laughter and good feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It's the pathos under the boisterous, noisy comedy that helps fuel its continuing popularity today.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Hughes has written and directed (he also produced) a perfectly balanced comedy that squeezes every last laugh out of a concept so simple you wouldn't think it could possibly succeed.
| Original Score: 79/100
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Martin has some funny bits on his own, but he is repeatedly upstaged by Candy, who plays his part far more broadly but at the same time winningly.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
October 1, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
March 9, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
November 13, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
July 24, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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