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Los Angeles Times:
What should've been a joyful romp turns into a stale, sour-edged celebration of the New Conformist, an affluent, technology-addled cherub without a rebellious whim in his brain.
It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion.
[While Risky Business] suggested that money isn't everything, Ferris Bueller insists just the opposite.
New York Times:
In this film [Hughes] has created a character who is every teen-ager's fantasy, but in the process he has lost some of the authenticity of his other films.
The overriding impression is one of utter nihilism, of a world divided into bored, crassly materialistic teenagers and doltish, unfeeling adults.
The film's heart is in the right place, and Ferris Bueller is slight, whimsical and sweet.
Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one.
Ferris is an admittedly entertaining, at times delightful fellow. How unfortunate that no one got to wring the little bastard's neck.
Ferris Bueller exhibits John Hughes on an off day. Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.