Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Ferris and his adventures represent a teen's dream of glory: to have, at one's fingertips, the technical skills to sabotage the adult world's machinery of oppression and, at the tip of one's tongue, the perfect squelch for grownups' moralistic blather. [23 June 1986]
  2. When people think fondly of John Hughes, it's movies like Ferris Bueller that they're thinking of.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    This is the funniest teen movie I've seen in eons.
  4. 80
    This is John Hughes' best teen film, and it's a call to arms to everyone in the world who doesn't want to follow society's lame-ass rules at the expense of living a cool life.
  5. 75
    The film's heart is in the right place, and Ferris Bueller is slight, whimsical and sweet.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    It's basically a mindless paean to goofing off, with interludes of dubious seriousness. [16 June 1986]
  7. Reviewed by: Nina Darnton
    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 - leaving several slow transitions or awkward moments.
  8. 50
    That the film doesn't live up to our anticipation of a rolicking good time is only part of its disappointment. [11 June 1986]
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The story and pacing of this offbeat comedy wear thin after the first 20 minutes.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.
  11. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    The overriding impression is one of utter nihilism, as reflected in a world divided into bored, crassly materialistic teenagers on one side and doltish, unfeeling adults on the other.
  12. One of the least appealing movies I've seen in a while.... When a member of the audience belched loudly, that got the biggest laugh of the day. [17 June 1986, p.26(E)]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    John Hughes made many great, intelligent, and wickedly witty films throughout the 80's. Bueller is one of his best, and its also one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Full Review »
  2. JC
    Dec 9, 2007
    It's funny how some of those 'professional' critics simply didn't get the point of the film, and thought it was a crass movie with no moral or message in the story. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This movie is just a masterpiece. It captures the essence of high school and is incredibly to boot. I was directed and written by John Hughes (Home Alone, The Breakfast Club) and with all of his early work it balances comedy right along with the darker moments. It's only flaw is that I think it doesn't quite tie up all the loose ends, which leaves the viewer wondering but I still wanted to see more. Its comedic, dark, and has some of my favourite characters in film. Full Review »