Ferris Bueller's Day Off

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 236 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 236

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  1. YoonMinC.
    Sep 27, 2003
    6
    Too cute for its own good, facile and superficial, it still does have the saving grace of being totally innocuous. Those who feel this movie might encourage truancy, relax; the scenario here is outlandish and ludicrous, utterly harmless. Sadly, most of the humor's also toothless. But, it works as a joyride travelogue; it's formulaic but so active that we feel grateful to just Too cute for its own good, facile and superficial, it still does have the saving grace of being totally innocuous. Those who feel this movie might encourage truancy, relax; the scenario here is outlandish and ludicrous, utterly harmless. Sadly, most of the humor's also toothless. But, it works as a joyride travelogue; it's formulaic but so active that we feel grateful to just sit back and enjoy changing scenery. Also, Broderick is winning and Mia Sara beautiful. Bueller's best friend has a comically dopey face and becomes a bore only as the focus of some unnecessary message about parental love. What raises this above most other Hughes movies is its complete attention deficit disorder; it doesn't know nor care what the hell it's about. In the same vein, Hughes finally scored a really good movie with Planes Trains and Automobiles. Expand
  2. DLC
    Feb 9, 2008
    4
    Old movie full of 80's.Somehow without a plot, a meaning, a sense.The beginning is nice,when Broderick talk into camera and show his inventions to evade. But the characters of people are completely absent. The girl seems a doll,the friend a future psychopath flat from a father that not exist if not in the car, the relatives absolutely unrealistic. A dream that can never be realistic. Old movie full of 80's.Somehow without a plot, a meaning, a sense.The beginning is nice,when Broderick talk into camera and show his inventions to evade. But the characters of people are completely absent. The girl seems a doll,the friend a future psychopath flat from a father that not exist if not in the car, the relatives absolutely unrealistic. A dream that can never be realistic. Absolutely deviating and poor. Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2014
    6
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a showboat for teenage farce and "passive aggressive"-ness, but ends up being short on substance. The whole thing is superficial.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 80
    At its best Ferris Bueller is a free-spirited romp, a devil-may-care respite from grueling dailiness.
  2. Chicago Tribune
    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. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    It's basically a mindless paean to goofing off, with interludes of dubious seriousness. [16 June 1986]