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St. Elmo's Fire Reviews

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January 3, 2018
These aren't characters -- they're character hooks.
July 13, 2017
From the music to the iffy fashions, director Joel Schumacher and his cast capture the 80s in one supercool microcosm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2017
A fascinating record of what that generation was watching, wearing and listening to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2017
This glib, insubstantial soap opera is emblematic of Hollywood in the mid-1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 13, 2017
All speed and stylishness without a bit of emotional resonance beneath.
June 28, 2017
There is an abundance of astute and knowledgeably drawn scenes with this contextually structured story. There are some biting observations of college life, with law school in particular taking some verbal jabs on the chin.
January 1, 2011
Soapy 20-something friends saga isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2009
there's a perceptive, brilliant essay buried somewhere in St. Elmo's Fire on the dangers of deeply, tragically stupid people trying to write the great American novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
August 22, 2009
Even teens might have a hard time identifying with the level of melodrama we get here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 29, 2009
Everyone struggles. Everyone triumphs. The music swells. No one cares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
St. Elmo's Fire is all about a group of recent college graduates in Washington who were always the best of friends but now are drifting apart as real life approaches, discovering various reasons why they are so individually obnoxious.
February 9, 2006
Estevez and Nelson are as unappealing here as in The Breakfast Club, though in fairness they're hampered by a script that seems to despise its characters.
October 13, 2005
the loud clothes, the pumped-up fake rock of John Parr, the questionable sex appeal of McCarthy and the unctuous Nelson. Turn it on and watch your skin crawl.
August 18, 2004
A telling look at the confusions and challenges facing seven friends who have recently graduated from the same college.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 8, 2004
The intolerable apotheosis of 80s youth-driven filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 0/5
June 19, 2003
An icon of the 80's.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
The film is edited so skittishly that the actors are barely able to complete their sentences, let alone their thoughts. That's probably just as well.
April 21, 2003
Soapy brat pack sap.
| Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2002
An unforgettable master-piece. One of the best films for young people ever made. The young cast are splendid.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 21, 2002
Yearning, burning, boring
| Original Score: 1/5
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