Risky Business 1983

Critics score:
96 / 100

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Janet Maslin, New York Times: [The film] improves as it goes along. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-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. Read more

Chris Peachment, Time Out: 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. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: 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. Read more