The Secret of My Success
The Secret of My Success (1987)

A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 7, 1987
DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A miscast Michael J. Fox gives The Secret of My Success all the madcap energy he can muster, but it isn't enough to overcome confused direction and a recycled plot.

Marsha McCreadie
Arizona Republic

The Secret of My Success delivers, and in the fairy tale realm of wish fulfillment, this is what counts.

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Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

Fox is simply ridiculous; you keep waiting for Slater to giggle (and sure enough, she plays much of her part with otherwise unexplained smirks).

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Eddie Harrison

...without much details of business, morals or anything much, it's a bland, corporate-headed confection...

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The Secret of My Success lacks even the modest verbal wit that many Family Ties episodes contain.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

You don't need a Wall Street analyst to figure out that this wishy-washy yuppie comedy is a bad investment.

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Bob Ross
Tampa Tribune

"The Secret of My Success" turns out to be entertaining, despite its transparent plot and yuppie values.

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Michael H. Price
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

The multi-author screenplay grafts an unusually aggressive central character, a small ensemble of comical grouchy-friendly types, and an insightful satire on the tunnel-vision bureaucracy of corporate America.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

A misfiring comic fantasia on business success in the Reagan era.

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Gene Seymour
Philadelphia Daily News

[A] Twinkie of a comedy...

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not the greatest 80's movie, but it has its moments. I did hate Helen Slater's hair and clothes in this. The auntie definitely out glamoured her!
Cassie Hill
Such a cute movie!!!! Michael J. Fox is just sooooo adorable I think once I started watching Family Ties my obsession began lol! :)
Conner Rainwater
A classic 80s movie with Michael J. Fox at his finest. The idea of this movie is as good in execution as it seems on paper, actually probably a lot better than… More
James Alvarez
All I remember is that he bones his aunt and then realisticaly climbs the corporate latter. (Update) It turns out its not his aunt at all and it was just a… More
Aj V
A yuppie trying to rise up to the top has his life complicated by love. This is a great 80s flick, very funny and very timely. Fox is great as usual, and so… More
Mason Williams
I always have great meomories when watching this movie. The soundtrack is "totally" the 80's. Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater (whom I have liked… More

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