Pretty in Pink Reviews

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June 21, 2020
Hughes' utterly formulaic screenplay is largely saved by the bright '80s aesthetics as well as most of the cast. The litmus test is Cryer as Duckie -- you either find his antics amusing and adorable or maddening and moronic. (I fall into the latter camp.)
June 16, 2020
Ringwald has an inner strength about her that makes Andie so resilient even when she is crying her eyes out.
May 13, 2020
Neither author Hughes nor director Howard Deutch can stop the needle getting stuck in a too-familiar groove.
July 4, 2019
Pretty in Pink lacks the originality of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but Hughes infuses just enough unique elements like... Ringwald's signature pout to churn out one of the best teen movies ever made.
January 4, 2018
... in the end "Pretty in Pink" is as fraudulent as the junk it's supposed to transcend.
May 31, 2016
Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.
February 27, 2016
As irresistibly sweet as cotton candy.
June 9, 2014
First-Timer Howard Deutch is a nice surprise too. His precise, unexploitative direction is sympathetic to the awkward pauses in teen talk, to the mopery of first love, to the suicidal bravado of words spoken in heat.
June 9, 2014
These kids have a bumpy ride, but this is one film that identifies with their passions instead of indulging them, giving us a perfect back-seat view of kids out cruising, not for kicks but for a hard-earned sense of pride.
June 9, 2014
It's way too hackneyed for John Hughes. He's already shown us that he knows better.
June 9, 2014
When Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts are onscreen together, the movie is aglow. See Pretty In Pink or, years from now, you may suffer side effects from missing it.
June 9, 2014
Its deceptively soft title is a mask for a fairly powerful and pointed commentary on social standards, class differences and facades.
June 9, 2014
Deutch has no discernible style; the scenes march ahead with only one development per scene, much like the worst in American television.
June 9, 2014
Pretty in Pink is an engaging movie about youthful concerns that never go out of fashion.
June 9, 2014
Unfortunately she gets straitjacketed in her current movie by a script that settles for black-and-white pronouncements instead of the delicate shades of gray that Ringwald employs.
June 9, 2014
It belts along pleasingly enough, but this frenetic, hard-edged comedy drama is too hackneyed to be entirely successful.
June 9, 2014
Hughes' penetrating insight into the minds of 1980s kids makes this one of the best films to bear his name.
June 9, 2014
Sweet but predictible angst-ridden Brat Pack outing.
October 5, 2011
A grubby and even nasty movie in its understanding of class structure, of culture and counter-culture and the ways that teenagers can destroy one another over the subtle distinctions therein.
August 12, 2008
Pretty in Pink is clichd, stereotyped, remarkably sentimental, and sweet as all get-out.
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