Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    One of those entertainments where you laugh a lot along the way, and then you end up on the edge of your seat at the end.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Though Weaver is by all accounts (mine included) in the real-life “none-nicer'” class, I've always suspected she might be great as a shrew. She is. [21 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]
  3. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    Intoxicating. [19 Dec 1988, p.78]
  4. The movie was a major success for Melanie Griffith, sure, but it was as the secretary's boss ... that Weaver combined all of her star qualities, pulled in laughs, and took home an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
  5. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    90
    Working Girl is the sparkling success that it is because of the sheer irresistibility of Melanie Griffith. [21 Dec 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
  6. 90
    A delectable reworking of the ultimate girl's myth, a corporate Cinderella story with shades of a self-made Pygmalion.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    88
    Griffith gives the fullest performance of her career; Weaver, the most likable, even though she's the villain of the piece. Michael Nichols directs his best film in years. [23 Dec 1988, Friday, p.A]
  8. Working Girl is enjoyable even when it isn't credible, which is most of the time. The film, like its heroine, has a genius for getting by on pure charm.
  9. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    75
    An amusing trifle. [21 Dec 1988, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  10. 70
    This is not a laugh-out-loud film, though there is a lighthearted tone that runs consistently throughout, Griffith's innocent, breathy voice being a major factor.
  11. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    70
    Wade, presumably with Nichols's urging and aid, has tricked up most of the picture with plotting that scuttles the realism of the beginning, strangles any serious view of the theme, and ends up ludicrously incredible. [30 Jan 1989, p.28]
  12. Funny, touching, and ultimately tremendously buoyant--reflecting the optimism engendered by the short-lived 1980s economic boom—Working Girl is a "feel good" movie with some intelligence.
  13. The laughs in Working Girl are the laughs of near-recognition - just good enough to make us wish they were much better.
  14. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    63
    The movie's basic message is that lying and conniving are perfectly all right - as long as you're a swell person inside, like the pert character we're watching here. Working Girl is a fun movie in many ways - don't get me wrong. [25 Jan 1989, Arts, p.11]
  15. A subplot involving Griffith and first boyfriend Alec Baldwin becomes the-subplot-that-wouldn't-go-bust, and comic scenes sometimes go bankrupt because they just hold their stock too long. Light entertainment like this should zip along like those financial quote boards.
  16. Griffith's talent, energy, and sexiness give it some drive and punch.
  17. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    30
    Nichols must have a cummerbund around his head: the directing is constricted – there's no visual inventiveness or spontaneity. And in his hands the script has no conviction. [9 Jan 1989]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    Smart, hard working secretary Tess wants to move up from her working class neighborhood. That's the American Dream, right? She lucks outSmart, hard working secretary Tess wants to move up from her working class neighborhood. That's the American Dream, right? She lucks out when her new boss is a woman who will mentor her and help her climb the corporate ladder. Or not. Her new boss is getting pressure to make a big deal so is she stealing Tess's idea? Good romantic comedy with some high stakes business dealings make for an interesting movie. I don't have that many DVDs but this one is in my collection. Full Review »
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    7
    However outdated the costumes and settings, outmoded the corporal cooperation business, I believe the ethic of WORKING GIRL is abiding, atHowever outdated the costumes and settings, outmoded the corporal cooperation business, I believe the ethic of WORKING GIRL is abiding, at least until this moment (24 years later), resembling a 1980s version of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006), however collected 6 Oscar nominations with 1 win (for Carly Simonâ Full Review »