St. Elmo's Fire
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Post-graduation doubts haunt a group of yuppies in St. Elmo's Fire, Generation X's answer to The Big Chill. Fresh out of prestigious Georgetown University, six friends hang around Washington D.C. in search of something beyond their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media

Soapy 20-something friends saga isn't for kids.

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Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com

Everyone struggles. Everyone triumphs. The music swells. No one cares.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The intolerable apotheosis of 80s youth-driven filmmaking.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

there's a perceptive, brilliant essay buried somewhere in St. Elmo's Fire on the dangers of deeply, tragically stupid people trying to write the great American novel.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

the loud clothes, the pumped-up fake rock of John Parr, the questionable sex appeal of McCarthy and the unctuous Nelson. Turn it on and watch your skin crawl.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

An icon of the 80's.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Even teens might have a hard time identifying with the level of melodrama we get here.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A telling look at the confusions and challenges facing seven friends who have recently graduated from the same college.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Soapy brat pack sap.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It plays like a rejected backdoor pilot for a coming-of-age prime time TV drama series, with not very interesting storylines despite the good acting - and it… More
Bethany Murphy
St. Elmo's Fire is an enlightening and coming-of-age ensemble that warms your heart and leaves you feeling all happy inside. The cast is one of the best,… More
Alice Shen
It's really quite enjoyable - the humor, the drama - but it just doesn't make much sense to me. All these friends have such disparate personalities… More
Cassie Hill
This movie shows and tells you about the transition to life after college. Just a really good honest film about life. Great story and great 80s music, this is… More
Manu Gino
You can always count on your friends. Don't ever let the fire go out. Very good movie from the 80's! The music from this movie is phenomenal. I think… More
Jennifer Xu
Yuck. 80s angst gone bad.

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