St. Elmo's Fire
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Featuring an ensemble full of beautiful and talented young actors, this comedy drama centers an a septet of Georgetown graduates who fret about their futures.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

All speed and stylishness without a bit of emotional resonance beneath.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Estevez and Nelson are as unappealing here as in The Breakfast Club, though in fairness they're hampered by a script that seems to despise its characters.

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Jo Berry
Radio Times

A fascinating record of what that generation was watching, wearing and listening to.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

There is an abundance of astute and knowledgeably drawn scenes with this contextually structured story. There are some biting observations of college life, with law school in particular taking some verbal jabs on the chin.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film is edited so skittishly that the actors are barely able to complete their sentences, let alone their thoughts. That's probably just as well.

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TV Guide

This glib, insubstantial soap opera is emblematic of Hollywood in the mid-1980s.

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Variety Staff
Variety

St. Elmo's Fire is all about a group of recent college graduates in Washington who were always the best of friends but now are drifting apart as real life approaches, discovering various reasons why they are so individually obnoxious.

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Sky Cinema

From the music to the iffy fashions, director Joel Schumacher and his cast capture the 80s in one supercool microcosm.

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Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media

Soapy 20-something friends saga isn't for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not one I grew up with, but I have come to appreciate this later in life. A not so great 80's drama still beats most of the new ones, and I do like a lot… More
Manu Gino
You can always count on your friends. Don't ever let the fire go out. Very good movie from the 80's! The music from this movie is phenomenal. I think… More
Carlos Magalh„es
It plays like a rejected backdoor pilot for a coming-of-age prime time TV drama series, with not very interesting storylines despite the good acting - and it… More
Bethany Murphy
St. Elmo's Fire is an enlightening and coming-of-age ensemble that warms your heart and leaves you feeling all happy inside. The cast is one of the best,… More
Alice Shen
It's really quite enjoyable - the humor, the drama - but it just doesn't make much sense to me. All these friends have such disparate personalities… More
Cassie Hill
This movie shows and tells you about the transition to life after college. Just a really good honest film about life. Great story and great 80s music, this is… More

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