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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's watchable only because the energetic cast does wonders with the banal story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A dated rebellion tale."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"An 80s milestone, for better or for worse... and a key link to any game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Herbert Ross directed this odd but reasonably effective blend of rock music and didactic melodrama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously. It wants to fill the screen with catchy music and pretty kids, and this it certainly accomplishes."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"For such an iconic dance movie, Footloose is an odd bird of a movie with surprisingly little dancing."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Footloose wasn't exactly a critical fave, but it didn't try to be hip and it had a relatively light touch, with recognizable human beings on the screen."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A lively and entertaining youth drama about the coming of change in a repressive small town."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A cynical and manipulative exercise with little feel for the teen culture it purports to celebrate."
‑ , Time Out
"It dates itself in the best possible way for a little throwback kick."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"reignited the youth genre with the dynamics of music video aesthetics and has remained a cultural touchstone ever since"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The movie features some good dancing -- not nearly enough, however -- and a fine, understated performance by Lithgow in a role that might easily lend itself to caricature."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"OK teen flick that time has treated kindly."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
More reviews for Footloose on Rotten Tomatoes

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