Lucas (1986)

Corey Haim plays 13-year-old Lucas, a bespectacled, bookish type who attracts school bullies like a magnet. Lucas befriends 16-year-old Maggie (Kerri Green); she wants to be "just friends," while he'd like a more meaningful… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 28, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

... director David Seltzer has kept it low-key, sweet and personal -- it's like a nice "Afterschool Special."

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

No, it's not a daringly original plot and yes, it is sentimental, but Mr. Seltzer handles his small story as gently as Lucas handles the baby locust he finds in the road.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

It's hard to think of another movie where so many young performers have so forcefully announced themselves to the world.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Lucas is as irresistible as its slight, brilliant, bespectacled 14-year-old hero (Corey Haim).

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It would be tragic if this film would get lost in the shuffle of "teenage movies." This is a movie that is as pure and true to the adolescent experience as Truffaut's The 400 Blows.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.

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Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune

Having carefully and sensitively drawn an interesting character and put him in an interesting place, the filmmakers start painting with their fingers and ultimately provide a very familiar picture.

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James Berardinelli

It's a poignant and effective character study that manages not only to explore important teenage issues without condescending to the audience, but to offer an upbeat ending without descending into mawkishness.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Haim is engaging in this tale of a lonely teen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
Lucas is cute for maybe two seconds and then you sort of want to through a rock at his nerdy head. I think it's funny that Charlie Sheen is supposed to be… More
Mark Hobin
Sweet coming of age comedy that perfectly captures the awkward high school years. Shatters "teen movie" clichés every step of the way. Corey Haim,… More
Aj V
This romantic teen comedy is charming and heartfelt, I really like it. Plus, it has a great cast. I highly recommend it.
Leigh Ryan
What a cute film. Haim was so adorable...
Jason Owens
Wow, can't believe this movie wasn't a big hit back in the day. But then again THE kind of movie I'm the biggest fool for are coming of age… More
Joseph Eastmond
Lucas PG-13 1986 99 Minutes. Directed by David Seltzer. Acting A, Direction A-, Visuals B+, Story A+, Ending B, and soundtrack A+ Overall A- Lucas is a… More