Footloose (1984)

In this lively adolescent-oriented musical, a city kid attempts to adapt to life in an ultra-conservative backwater Midwestern town. Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 17, 1984
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There's not much dancing, but what's there is great. The rest of the time, Footloose is a nice hunk of trashy teenage cheese.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

"Footloose" turns out to be a sort of Boy Scout version of "Flashdance," a carefully toned-down, overly respectable piece of schmaltz ...

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Time Out

A cynical and manipulative exercise with little feel for the teen culture it purports to celebrate.

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Josh Larsen

Kevin Bacon moves like a machete chopping through the jungle.

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Variety Staff

Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly.

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Rob Vaux

It dates itself in the best possible way for a little throwback kick.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Herbert Ross directed this odd but reasonably effective blend of rock music and didactic melodrama.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's watchable only because the energetic cast does wonders with the banal story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Kevin Bacons shining moment? I dont know but i still watch this one I catch it on TV. Fun movie.
Nicki Marie
That rare brand of teen 80's movie that I don't especially like. Not sure why, I love the 80's, but this one never did anything for me...
Alice Shen
So I finally cut the original "Footloose," can you believe it? It's pretty good, and interestingly enough, less hokey and polished than the… More
Manu Gino
All he wanted to do was dance. Excellent! One of the best 80's films ever made.. "Footloose" is a fun and very lighthearted motion picture that… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Sure it doesn't make much sense that the teenagers of this small town that has outlawed dancing for five years could all dance so well, yet this is an… More
Lady D'arbanville
[My predicted rating: 2.5] Just as they remake this film the original shows up on tv. A Classic 80's teen movie with lots of corny cliches. Boy meets… More