Time Magazine says, "It is so cool it is barely alive. First-rate ingredients and a finesse in assembling them do not quite make either a movie or a cake. At some point it is necessary to light the oven." Time Out says it "operates most noticeably, and in the main successfully, as a slickly packaged youth movie."
Roger Ebert gives it 1 1/2 stars and says poses this question: "whether Perry intended his film to be a comedy. The ads suggest that he did, and yet Tom McGuane's screenplay just doesn't have any laughs in it." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 69% and an audience score of 38%.