[The film] improves as it goes along.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
It's funny because it deals with subjects that are so touchy, so fraught with emotional pain, that unless we laugh there's hardly any way we can deal with them -- especially if we are now, or ever were, a teenage boy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Writer-director Paul Brickman can therefore be accused of trying to have it both ways, but there's no denying the stylishness and talent of his direction.
Variety Staff - Variety
For writer/director Paul Brickman, this was a case of being in the right place at the right time and, perhaps most importantly, getting the right leading man in place.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This film is deftly made, the humor nicely understated, the leading actors (Tom Cruise and Rebecca de Mornay) smart and appealing.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
It's sexy, smart and funny, but also stylish and filled with social satire and commentary on the culture of money.
Sean Axmaker - Turner Classic Movies Online
A capitalist wet dream; one that we have long since woken up from screaming.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It works well as a comedy but one cringes at the thought that it defined, for a while, the social expectations of a generation.
Douglas Pratt - DVDLaser
De Mornay does sterling work as the helpful hooker, but this is Cruise's big chance, and he relishes it, putting in a believable and likeable performance.
Dean Essner - Film4
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Good '80's teen movie with a suitable soundtrack and the loveable Cruise displaying his new found starry confidence.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
One of the key films of the 1980s, and proof that a teen sex comedy could merit serious consideration.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Paul Brickman makes a splashy debut with a stylish youth satire that conveys more vividly Reagonomics and the corrupt and decadent decade of 1980s than serious dramas like Wall Street; it's also a wonderful showcase for Tom Cruise, who became a star.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Mildly diverting, wildly overrrated.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
What distinguishes it, however, is that it's hovering permanently on the brink of stark, staring disaster in a way that strangely recalls The Graduate.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Now classic Cruise-in-briefs highlights the goings on.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Rebecca Murray - About.com
A classic! Welcome to stardom Mr. Cruise.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
involving and entertaining
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Kevin Carr - Film Threat
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Apesar de ingenua para os padroes contemporaneos, esta comedia ainda funciona gracas ao carisma jovial de Cruise.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Still Tom's only convincing performance (apart from Losin' It). And that trainride -- honey!
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A Generation-X classic, and a career-maker for Tom Cruise.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
A movie that is part caper comedy, part suburban satire, and all Eighties.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Tom Cruise was never this young, was he?
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A taut, bitter, sharp and nearly flawless film.
Brad Laidman - Film Threat
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The roots of American Beauty can all be found in this groundbreaking film.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Despite its dated feel, this film has an interesting premise, great style and good acting.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium