Sixteen Candles 1984

Critics score:
86 / 100

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Janet Maslin, New York Times: Most of the the movie is cheerful and light, showcasing Mr. Hughes's knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent behavior that anyone else might want to forget. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: As the girl, Molly Ringwald is natural and appealing, but she's lost in a world of blunt, vicious caricatures. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Some of the material works marvelously well, but the stuff that doesn't takes the movie down with it. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A sweet and funny movie about two of the worst things that can happen to a girl on her sixteenth birthday. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive package. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: There's also a darkly handsome high school heartbreak kid (Michael Schoeffling), a merciful brisk pace, some quick humor (visual and verbal), and a solid music track. Read more