All the Right Moves
All the Right Moves (1983)

A high school boy begins to think twice about what he really wants out of life as his coach is cajoling him to seek an athletic scholarship at a major university.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 21, 1983
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

his naive little movie hopes to prove itself the Flashdance of football.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

For all its air of realism and grit, the film has a fairy-tale quality.

Douglas Pratt

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

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Passable teen/sports movie.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Cliched and clunky. Not really a great showcase for Cruise or Chris Penn.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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).

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TV Guide

This cliche-riddled picture was the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Michael Chapman, who took no risks in his first time out.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Cruise has always been an underrated actor, but this is early "non wacko" Cruise

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Not quite powerful, but solid for a film made in the (generally) vapid 1980s.
Aj V
A fantastic teenage drama, I loved seeing Cruise and Thompson together in this movie, I love this movie.
Phil Hubbs
Bit of a classic Cruise machine this, backed up by a sterling cast including Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson and Chris Penn. Its a solid gruff story about a blue… More
erika bruhns
this film was totally unrated . It was so touching and really good acting.
Cassie Hill
Great sports movie/love story!!! Tom Cruise is also so cute in this movie and Lea Thompson is adorable. Also it has a good story too about never giving up. I… More
Conner Rainwater
The Varsity Blues of its time and an extremely effective story about goals and dreams. It's a lot more serious and dynamic than one might expect. Much of… More