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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A hand-me-down cast? Far from it. Masterson and Stoltz possess talent and charm to spare... Wonderful aspires to be little more than the hot-and- happening teen flick of the moment. At that it succeeds. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is kid stuff, but such well acted, well made stuff that inside 15 minutes you're sitting there like a teenager yourself wondering which girl Keith will wind up with. [27 Feb 1987] show more

  • 40
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    It's just that the picture doesn't have a strong idea behind it, just a fog of many half-expressed ideas. [26 Feb 1987, p.20(E)] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is not about whether the hero will get the girl. It is about whether the hero should get the girl, and when was the last time you saw a movie that even knew that could be the question? show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    It's Mary Stuart Masterson, bringing a depth and tenacity to her role that nowhere appears in the screenplay, who leaves the lasting impression. She escapes the airiness of Hughes's vision to establish something like a human being. [22 Feb 1987] show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Yet the performances are just sturdy boats against the narrative current - the plot is altogether too calculated and wholly without surprises, either pleasant or unpleasant... The painting is just fine; too bad the numbers show through. show more

  • 38
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    John Hughes pours his usual slickness and sentimentality all over everything. [27 Feb 1987] show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Stoltz turns in a restrained, realistic performance, and Thompson is quite good in what could easily have become a thankless role. But far and away, this is Masterson's film. An amazingly mature young actress, Masterson skillfully brings subtlety, depth, and nuance to her character. show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    It has a light touch, a disarming cast, a well-developed sense of humor and a lot of charm. [27 Feb 1987, p.C17] show more

  • 80

    A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog. show more

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