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All the Right Moves
High school athlete Tom Cruise would do anything to escape the dull provincialism of his home town. Cruise's bullying coach Craig T. Nelson cajoles Cruise into seeking an athletic scholarship to a major university. Inevitably, the boy begins to question his goals in life, and soon his soul is the object of a tug of war between Nelson and Cruise's girlfriend Lea Thompson. The first directorial effort for cinematographer Michael Chapman, All the Right Moves was photographed by Jan DeBont, who'd later direct such box-office bonanzas as Speed and Twister. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"his naive little movie hopes to prove itself the Flashdance of football."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"For all its air of realism and grit, the film has a fairy-tale quality."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"he 1983 film presents a fairly realistic portrait of high school life and is best at evoking the rhythm of emotions that come with overcast autumn days, factory layoffs, high school football and young romance. If you start examining the details of the plo"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"An ending so unlikely in that forlorn uplift way that an insulin shot should be offered as part of the DVD's packaging."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Passable teen/sports movie."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Cliched and clunky. Not really a great showcase for Cruise or Chris Penn."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Marred by a fake happy ending that negates the predominantly gloom mood, this small-town fable is cliche-ridden, though it's nicely shot and well-acted by Tom Cruise as the restless, stifled hero just before he became a star."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"All the Right Moves is a low-key, well-acted and beautifully photographed slice-of-life "people" story."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"The movie gets into the dynamics of the high-school student body and into the tender, complicated relationship between the Cruise character and his girlfriend (Lea Thompson)."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This cliche-riddled picture was the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Michael Chapman, who took no risks in his first time out."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cruise has always been an underrated actor, but this is early "non wacko" Cruise"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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