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Based on 15 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    But the bad boys achieve something a budget can't buy: an easy, natural rapport that makes you root for them. For comedy and thrills, Lawrence and Smith are a dream team. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Benefits from Smith and Lawrence's chemistry. As long as they're on screen together, things breeze along. But when they're apart, the movie flounders. show more

  • 63
    San Francisco Examiner

    With more sophisticated writing, one suspects they could really soar: Even here, slowed by clunky, character-establishing lines and an all-devouring plot, they hit more often than they miss. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Whom do they make these movies for? What exercise in self-deception inspires them to go to such effort and expense for what is obviously going to be a lame exercise in retreadmanship? show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There's only so far a movie can go on loud music, nicely-framed shots, testosterone, and adrenaline. Bad Boys takes the often-traveled road, and leads the audience to a dead end. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    Aside from the racial twist, this is pretty conventional fare, but it's consistently diverting. show more

  • 30
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    From the swooping aerial shots of downtown Miami, to the long, long-legged beauties that seem to crop up every time the action threatens to slow down, to the nonsensical lack of logic that permeates the film like the acrid odor of wasted cordite, Bad Boys oozes Eighties Hollywood clichés like no film since "Top Gun." show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    It's like a series of cliches exploding in your face. show more

  • 70
    The New Yorker

    The car chases are unimpeachable. show more

  • 60
    The New York Times

    Would have been better if it had been sleeker and shorter. After all, this film isn't aiming for high-toned drama, just high-energy entertainment, which is what it delivers. show more

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