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  • Summary: A high school senior is tired of being Mr. All-American and facing such traumatic decisions as which Ivy League college to attend. His life gets turned around when he meets a sexy call girl who transforms his house into a brothel while his parents are away. (Warner Bros.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 100
    The very best thing about the movie is its dialogue. Paul Brickman, who wrote and directed, has an ear so good that he knows what to leave out.
  2. 90
    Taking off from the format of a typical teenage sex comedy, Brickman deepens the characters and tightens the situations, filming them in a dark, dreamlike style full of sinuous camera movements and surrealistic insinuations. Brickman found a tone I hadn't encountered previously - one of haunting, lyrical satire.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Smart, stylish, and cynical about the values of its time, this movie aspires to be The Graduate for its generation and it comes pretty close.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Risky Business is like a promising first novel, with all the pros and cons that come with that territory.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Risky Business is the sleeper of the summer. It's a refreshing change from the usual dumb teenage ripoffs, the slickest American film since "Trading Places" and "War Games," and a strong directorial debut for Paul Brickman, who knows his way around teen fantasies. [05 Aug 1983]
  6. Risky Business improves as it goes along.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    60
    It’s "Ferris Bueller" with an existential crisis. Very funny and very weird.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 21, 2012
    8
    I am legitimately pissed off that I just saw this movie because it's way better than what I thought it was going to be. I cannot believe I deprived myself of such an amazing movie the past twenty years of my life. I guarantee this movie stays a classic even a century from now. Expand
  2. JayH.
    Aug 31, 2008
    7
    Clever plot, and in spite of Tom Cruise being in it, it's a good movie. Nice performances. Funny, well written and directed with style. Good flick. Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2013
    7
    A short, basic film which, although very cheesey, predictable and scripted; is still good entertainment. It's catchy, funny and straightforward. It doesn't fall into a particular category or anything, so it's something for everyone. Expand

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