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The Sure Thing Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 4, 2015
In a decade largely defined by raunchy teen sex comedies, here's a film that stood out from the pack thanks to its sweetness and sincerity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 24, 2015
A classic. Has laughs in just about every single scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
March 23, 2015
The Sure Thing succeeds most in identifying the self-effacing charm that would become Cusack's stock-in-trade as a young romantic lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 13, 2014
A slightly amusing mainstream coming-of-age rom/com directed by Rob Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide
November 6, 2009
A charming surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2009
[A] hysterically oversold mix of comic cliches from the 30s and the 80s.
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James Berardinelli
June 9, 2009
This is a likeable film that follows all of the necessary steps to engage an audience. It may not be a sure thing, but it's at least a pretty good bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
Realization may not be earth shattering, but in an era of fast food and faster sex, return to the traditional is downright refreshing.
Clint Morris
August 17, 2008
One of the great teen comedies of the 80s. One reason why Cusack became what he became
| Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
There's plenty of mileage in this pairing, even if the movie isn't going anywhere unexpected.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Sweet and wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A wonderful start for Cusack and Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 5, 2005
One of the more "mature" teen comedies from the 80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Walter and Alison are closer to real teenagers, with real doubts and hesitations and uncertainties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 11, 2004
It's a treasure, smartly written, delightfully played (you'll be able to see why Cusack quickly became a star), and scored with a half-dozen period hits...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
July 29, 2003
Stars John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga are no Gable and Colbert, but they make for interesting juniorfied versions
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 24, 2003
A sweet film with many laugh-out-loud moments, this is what teen comedies were like before apple pies entered the equation.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Rob Reiner's new film, The Sure Thing, is glowing proof of two things: Traditional romantic comedy can be adapted to suit the teen-age trade, and Mr. Reiner's contribution to This Is Spinal Tap was more than a matter of humor.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, its sex romp overtures hide a warm and sympathetic heart.
| Original Score: 3/5
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Smart, sassy and sweet. This showed John Cusack's promise as a romantic lead, and some.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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