Planes, Trains and Automobiles Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2011
Pretty dispensable.
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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.
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
December 24, 2013
Planes,Trains and Automobiles is a very funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
July 24, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
One of John Hughes finest hours, and a tour-de-force for Candy and Martin.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 31, 2011
The finest comedy screenplay John Hughes ever wrote.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
Cole Smithey
March 9, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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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.
Eric Melin
May 18, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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