Pretty in Pink

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. The movie made me so happy, and here I am back on the subway with Nerdo, and there's this jerk across the aisle who's like ancient, 30 at least, and he's got the nerve to look right into my see-through Madonna lace outfit. And he winks. Oh, barf- ola.
  2. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Patrick Goldstein
    80
    Delightful... The film is buoyed by a captivating performance by Ringwald, who has an unerring ability to share her character's emotions with an audience, as if we were eavsdropping behind her makeup mirror. [28 Feb 1986]
  3. 75
    Although it is not a great movie, it contains some moments when the audience is likely to think, yes, being 16 was exactly like that.
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Peter Stack
    75
    Very high on my list of good movie titles, has fascinating deep tones, surprising poignancy, and tendor humor for a movie aimed at teenage audiences. [28 Feb 1986]
  5. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Blane's snooty friend Steff (Spader) could be a tired stereotype, but with his all-year tan, his hip-blase voice and hs view of high school as a "career," Steff becomes a recognizable character of any age: upscale slime in embryo. [3 Mar 1996, p.83]
  6. 70
    A rather intelligent (if not terribly original) look at adolescent insecurities.
  7. Fortunately, the actors are mostly likable, and the story is told gently enough to downplay both its trendiness and its conventionality.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    Pretty in pink is a great comedy drama with Molly Ringwald from The Breakfast Club. The movie has
    a great screenplay and all of the
    Pretty in pink is a great comedy drama with Molly Ringwald from The Breakfast Club. The movie has
    a great screenplay and all of the characters are fascinating. This is one of the best movies of the 80's.
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  2. DallasM.
    Sep 14, 2005
    8
    Good story, cool pre-fame actors and awesome music.
  3. Mar 24, 2016
    7
    Pretty In Pink(1986)
    Starring:Molly Ringwald,Harry Dean,Jon Cryer,Andrew Mccarthy,Annie Potts,James Spader,Jim Hayne,Alexia Kein,and Kate
    Pretty In Pink(1986)
    Starring:Molly Ringwald,Harry Dean,Jon Cryer,Andrew Mccarthy,Annie Potts,James Spader,Jim Hayne,Alexia Kein,and Kate Venon
    Directed By:Howard Deutch
    My Review
    BLANE'S A PRETTY COOL GUY. ANDIE'S PRETTY IN PINK. AND DUCKY'S PRETTY CRAZY.
    I was expecting a little bit too much from this 80's film. Whenever I think of an 80's movie and one of the main stars is Molly Ringwald who was supposedly very famous during the 80's I think that the movie is going to blow me away from start to finish, although this one just didn't. I believe it has to do with the fact that these characters aren't doing anything that the audience might consider memorable. I'll probably forget most of what happened in this movie sooner or later, cause nothing here is memorable.
    Not to say the film is bad or anything,cause this movie isn't bad it just didn't meet my expectations.
    The film is about Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton). She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia (Annie Potts) and is considered a misfit at her uppity high school, but somehow she rises above them all. Her oddball best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), is hopelessly in love with her, so he causes trouble for her romantic pursuits. When local rich kid Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) develops a fascination with her, they go out on a date together. Visiting the home bases of each social clique, they are basically ridiculed for their audacity to date one another. When Blaine eventually asks the delighted Andie to the prom, he is threatened by his rich friend Steff (James Spader). The romance versus high school social politics finally culminates at the big night of the prom.
    The acting is still very good from all the actors in the film, I just didn't feel anything in this movie's run time or say hey that looks like fun. It came good for a laugh though. It was still very enjoyable. When the end credit's rolled and I saw James Spader's name i was like o my goodness cause my mother watches his show The Blacklist. It may have been funny but it didn't have any memorable funny one-liners or actions done by the cat.
    The movie is very good but not very memorable I give Pretty in Pink a 3 out of 5.
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