Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Nina Darnton
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    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]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    The story and pacing of this offbeat comedy wear thin after the first 20 minutes.
  4. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    40
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 5 out of 38
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    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 theJohn 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
    10
    It's funny how some of those 'professional' critics simply didn't get the point of the film, and thought it was a crass 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
    9
    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 »