Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles (1984)

On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Significantly more mature than the teen raunch comedies that defined the era, Sixteen Candles is shot with compassion and clear respect for his characters and their hang-ups.

Variety Staff

There's also a darkly handsome high school heartbreak kid (Michael Schoeffling), a merciful brisk pace, some quick humor (visual and verbal), and a solid music track.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A sweet and funny movie about two of the worst things that can happen to a girl on her sixteenth birthday.

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Rob Vaux

High school is high school no matter what the date, and Hughes ensures that the constancies of that age remain unchanged.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

As the girl, Molly Ringwald is natural and appealing, but she's lost in a world of blunt, vicious caricatures.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Most of the the movie is cheerful and light, showcasing Mr. Hughes's knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent behavior that anyone else might want to forget.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The plotting is crude and haphazard, but the dialogue is amusing and the cast is appealing.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive package.

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James Berardinelli

Some of the material works marvelously well, but the stuff that doesn't takes the movie down with it.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically amusing yet hopelessly uneven endeavor that simply isn't in the same league as Hughes' later classics.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Had its cute moments, but made 1.5 hours feel like 3. And what's up with that weird Chinese / Korean / Japanese guy speaking a madeup Asian language.
Chris Weber
Not only is this one of the most popular and well known of the "Brat Pack" films, it also has the distinction of rightly being considered the Superbad… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Since this is John Hughes' directorial debut, it's understandable Sixteen Candles is far below the caliber of such brilliant and powerful classics as… More
Alex roy
John Hughes had the touch to create memorable Teen comedies. In fact, he is the only that was able to pull off some of the most memorable and smartest films of… More
Christian C
Empty characters typical of juvenile 1980's films. Not worth the time.
Thomas Bowler
A cut above the usual teen movie by way of a whip smart script, great editting and a fantastic performance by Anthony Michael Hall. Full review later.