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New York Times:
Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously. It wants to fill the screen with catchy music and pretty kids, and this it certainly accomplishes.
Herbert Ross directed this odd but reasonably effective blend of rock music and didactic melodrama.
New York Daily News:
"Footloose" turns out to be a sort of Boy Scout version of "Flashdance," a carefully toned-down, overly respectable piece of schmaltz ...
Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly.
A cynical and manipulative exercise with little feel for the teen culture it purports to celebrate.
Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part.