Sixteen Candles - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sixteen Candles Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 1984
Some of the material works marvelously well, but the stuff that doesn't takes the movie down with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 13, 2012
...a sporadically amusing yet hopelessly uneven endeavor that simply isn't in the same league as Hughes' later classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
As the girl, Molly Ringwald is natural and appealing, but she's lost in a world of blunt, vicious caricatures.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A sweet and funny movie about two of the worst things that can happen to a girl on her sixteenth birthday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 11, 2005
Broad, bubbly, and kind of adorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
September 2, 2003
just right
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Victoria Alexander
October 20, 2003
So great I brought it on laserdisc years ago!
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
May 5, 2014
High school is high school no matter what the date, and Hughes ensures that the constancies of that age remain unchanged.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brian Orndorf
September 8, 2008
Candles is a brazenly mischievous, consistently uproarious comedy that christens the devastating Hughes-fu with vivacious results.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 25, 2011
A high school film just smart enough to be special and bad enough that it could be improved upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
March 23, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
There's also a darkly handsome high school heartbreak kid (Michael Schoeffling), a merciful brisk pace, some quick humor (visual and verbal), and a solid music track.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive package.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 23, 2003
Demonstrates writer and director John Huges's keen eye for the foibles, inner torments and social embarassments of adolescence
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
a slightly over-sweet teen classic
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
October 20, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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