Permanent Record
Permanent Record (1988)

High school student Alan Boyce has it all: looks, charm, popularity, excellent grades, a promising future. So why does Boyce abruptly commit suicide? As the shock waves of the boy's death reverberate through the halls of his school, the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Variety Staff

Pic is populated by profoundly unrewarding characters doing and saying utterly uninteresting things.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A lot of talented people, ranging from Eraserhead's cinematographer (Frederick Elmes) to Choose Me's costume designer (Tracy Tynan), contributed to this muck.

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Rob Gonsalves

This isn't much more than a conscientious TV-movie drama, with a rather maudlin climax, but the performances are solid...

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Tom Charity
Time Out

A well-intentioned study of high-school kids coping (and not coping) with the pressures of adolescence, its naturalistic style only makes the more overt dramatic elements look forced and clichéd.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

To describe the opening scenes makes them seem routine, and yet they captured my attention with an intensity that I still do not understand.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Somehow balances the silliness of being seventeen with the beauty and the horror of it.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

The implacable earnestness laid on by the script, which it took three people to put together, is not relieved by the nonstop songs, from rock-and-roll to Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Good intentions and seriousness aside, it's not much of anything -- not terrible, but not terribly engaging or illuminating either.

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Film4 Staff

A fresh faced Keanu Reeves stars in this quietly tragic depiction of teenage years, suicide and anger.

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