The Rachel Papers
The Rachel Papers (1989)

This youthful British comedy has dark, bitter undertones and is based on a Martin Amis novel. The tale centers on a lusty Oxford student who uses his computer to devise a way to chart out future romantic liaisons in advance. It works great,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 12, 1989
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It has a brisk, well-turned-out quality that augurs well for Harris, the son of Richard Harris. Helping set and maintain the film's smart tone is Chaz Jankel and David Storrs' deft, trendy score.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Pryce gives one of the year's most refreshingly uninhibited performances as the boy's weird, postmodern hippie brother-in-law Norman. And Fletcher is a genuine star. His devilish precocity makes The Rachel Papers a bracing treat.

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TV Guide

Martin Amis's brilliantly acerbic first novel is unpersuasively filmed as a trendy teen comedy, with its self-loathing intellectual hero transformed into a nerdy-but-lovable computer geek.

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Variety Staff

Director Damian Harris isn't able to capture the book's special charms, and resorts to having his young hero address the camera to keep the viewer in the picture.

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Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine

Captures the brash boldness of the novel, but not the literary wit. A misguided affair.

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As a coming of age story, this is much more fun than many contemporary 'teen comedies'.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The result is without dramatic or moral weight, despite Highway's contrived comeuppance, and it's impossible to care about the characters.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Why must film-makers always be such slaves to the lowest common denominator?

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
All except the main character are played by good actors, does that make sense? The story is realistic, but kinda boring, an the main character annoys me.… More
Cassie Hill
This movie was funny,and also showed the truth that love hurts!