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The Sure Thing Reviews

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January 3, 2018
That's the problem with "The Sure Thing." All the good lines are given to Cusack -- he's always "on," narrating his own life in the revved-up spiel of a sports announcer.
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
March 24, 2015
A classic. Has laughs in just about every single scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
December 13, 2014
A slightly amusing mainstream coming-of-age rom/com directed by Rob Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 6, 2009
A charming surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2009
[A] hysterically oversold mix of comic cliches from the 30s and the 80s.
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
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.
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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June 24, 2006
There's plenty of mileage in this pairing, even if the movie isn't going anywhere unexpected.
May 26, 2006
Sweet and wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2005
A wonderful start for Cusack and Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2005
One of the more "mature" teen comedies from the 80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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
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.
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
December 30, 2002
Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, its sex romp overtures hide a warm and sympathetic heart.
| Original Score: 3/5
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