'Risky Business' Critic Reviews

83%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
98%
Rotten Tomatoes:   43 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    [The film] improves as it goes along.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    It's funny because it deals with subjects that are so touchy, so fraught with emotional pain, that unless we laugh there's hardly any way we can deal with them -- especially if we are now, or ever were, a teenage boy.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    Writer-director Paul Brickman can therefore be accused of trying to have it both ways, but there's no denying the stylishness and talent of his direction.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    For writer/director Paul Brickman, this was a case of being in the right place at the right time and, perhaps most importantly, getting the right leading man in place.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    This film is deftly made, the humor nicely understated, the leading actors (Tom Cruise and Rebecca de Mornay) smart and appealing.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online
    It's sexy, smart and funny, but also stylish and filled with social satire and commentary on the culture of money.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Laverty Clothes on Film
    40
    A capitalist wet dream; one that we have long since woken up from screaming.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    75
    It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Douglas Pratt DVDLaser
    It works well as a comedy but one cringes at the thought that it defined, for a while, the social expectations of a generation.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    De Mornay does sterling work as the helpful hooker, but this is Cruise's big chance, and he relishes it, putting in a believable and likeable performance.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    100
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ian Nathan Empire Magazine
    60
    Good '80's teen movie with a suitable soundtrack and the loveable Cruise displaying his new found starry confidence.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    One of the key films of the 1980s, and proof that a teen sex comedy could merit serious consideration.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    Paul Brickman makes a splashy debut with a stylish youth satire that conveys more vividly Reagonomics and the corrupt and decadent decade of 1980s than serious dramas like Wall Street; it's also a wonderful showcase for Tom Cruise, who became a star.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    60
    Mildly diverting, wildly overrrated.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    What distinguishes it, however, is that it's hovering permanently on the brink of stark, staring disaster in a way that strangely recalls The Graduate.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com
    80
    Now classic Cruise-in-briefs highlights the goings on.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rebecca Murray About.com
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael A. Smith Nolan's Pop Culture Review
    80
    A classic! Welcome to stardom Mr. Cruise.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Angela Baldassarre Sympatico.ca
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
    80
    involving and entertaining
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Kevin Carr Film Threat
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Eric Melin Lawrence.com
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
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