Some Kind of Wonderful
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

In a gender-reversed version of his previous hit Pretty in Pink, John Hughes retreads all-too- familiar ground in Some Kind of Wonderful, the story of a sensitive, young would-be artist, Keith (Eric Stoltz), who vies for the affection of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 27, 1987
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Some Kind of Wonderful is above-average '80s teen fare for people who need as much John Hughes in their lives as possible.

Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Assembly-line feature from the John Hughes teen factory.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film creates a perfect embodiment of every adolescent's nightmare.

Emily Sears

That was what John Hughes did best. He used his characters to shatter every preconception teenagers have about those faces they see in the hall. He made icons out of outcasts.

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Variety Staff

A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Lighter and less filling than usual.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The cynical view of humanity demonstrated within makes it a fascinating outlier in the writer/producer's canon and the '80s teen film generally.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

This time it ends with the underdogs together. Oddly enough, it's this conclusion that feels phony, seeing as Stoltz has spent the last 80 minutes arranging his dream date with Lea.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Some Kind of Wonderful is yet another film in which Hughes and his team show a special ability to make an entertaining movie about teenagers.

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Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media

Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
With the help of a friend-zoned tomboy, a mechanic pursues his high school's troubled beauty queen. By itself, this is an inoffensive John Hughes classic.… More
Cassie Hill
This is absolutely a John Hughes classic. Gorgeous Eric Stoltz & adorable Mary Stuart Masterson. :) Watch it!!!! :) You wont regret it (: (: (:
Alex roy
Some Kind of Wonderful is a terrific drama that boasts some wonderful performances and a good story. Although it is not a great film, it is still worth seeing.… More
Lady D'arbanville
A cheesy 80's teen romance, but exactly the type of film that epitomises that era for me. Never knew this was Eric Stoltz though!
Cast: Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, Mary Stuart Masterson, Craig Sheffer, John Ashton, Elias Koteas, Molly Hagan, Chynna Phillips, Maddie Corman, Candace Cameron… More
Jennifer Xu
Lea Thompson is sooooo pretty it's no wonder the protagonist was obsessed with her. The love triangle situation was handled with panache, and the kissing… More