Desperately Seeking Susan
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Desperately Seeking Susan
A petite New Jersey housewife finds self-fulfillment through amnesia in this new wave comedy of errors set in New York's hip '80s downtown scene. Rosanna Arquette stars as Roberta, who turns to the personals for vicarious thrills after her four-year marriage to staid hot tub salesman Gary (Mark Blum) grows stale. Her favorite classified ads trace the romance of Jim (Robert Joy), a struggling musician, and Susan (Madonna), a SoHo vamp who's just narrowly escaped being murdered alongside one of her other boyfriends -- a gangster who recently stole some Egyptian jewelry. Through a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All of this is cause for consistent smiling and a few outright laughs, without ever building to complete comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It has its moments, and many of them involve the different kinds of special appeal that Arquette and Madonna are able to generate."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Offbeat Susan Seidelman comedy features funny Madonna and Arquette."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Oddball fun."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"This is a little slice of the decade of skinny ties and, well, Madonna, that holds up extremely well."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Apollo Guide
"The film acquires a pleasant, syncopated rhythm as it bounces from one unlikely event to another."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Director Susan Seidelman guides her cast with a light, enthusiastic touch, never making more out of her frothy material than need be."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This has to be the most overrated movie of 1985."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Still Madonna's only worthwhile film performance."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A fine slice of '80s nostalgia -- even for people who weren't there first time around."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Even if the plotting (a mistaken identity farce involving that old chestnut, amnesia brought on by a bump to the head) is square as a square peg. Madonna has never found a better fit than the role of Susan."
‑ , Time Out
"Featuring the first (and only decent) screen performance by Madona, this charming comedy imposes the old fracical gimmick of amnesia on a hip and stylish East Village milieu."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Surprisingly boring and annoying '80s movie. Mistaken identity, blah. Nothing really funny happens."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Works despite Madonna and not really because of her."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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