Desperately Seeking Susan
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

More central to the popularity of "Susan" is the way it allows the audience to feel hip.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film acquires a pleasant, syncopated rhythm as it bounces from one unlikely event to another.

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Sean Burns
The ARTery

Conjures an impossibly cool, fairy tale New York. One of those movies I wish I could live inside.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

"Desperately Seeking Susan" (accurately rated PG-13) is a lark, an exhilarating celebration of people who have the good sense to be in touch with themselves and with each other.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

Director Susan Seidelman guides her cast with a light, enthusiastic touch, never making more out of her frothy material than need be.

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Variety Staff

All of this is cause for consistent smiling and a few outright laughs, without ever building to complete comedy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It has its moments, and many of them involve the different kinds of special appeal that Arquette and Madonna are able to generate.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
The full five star rating for this one as it is a movie I loved when I was about 11 and Madonna was my all time favorite singer (that changed two albums in when… More
Aj V
Maybe Madonna wasn't the best actress, but it doesn't matter in this movie, the story is good and interesting and funny. Plus Arquette gives a good… More
Spencer S.
characteristics of some action thriller or eighties mainstay. Even with Madonna's star power it isn't some icon in pop culture or memorable flop. This… More
Jason Spencer
It's an ok movie about mistaken identity but I think it would have been a lot better had the movie been about Arquette and Madonna hanging out rather than… More
Jim Hunter
Mistaken identity and amnesia cause a plain housewife to trade lives with a mercurial punk rocker. I think the draw of this film is the cultural milieu it… More
Jani H
"Roberta can't be a prostitute, she doesn't even like sex that much. It's impossible" I had a faint memory about this film from my… More