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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Its one flaw occurs when the film concocts a fake conflict between the women in an attempt to add some drama. The plot device doesn't do great damage, but it is enough to keep the film from being a hands-down four-star movie. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Too bad Boys has more gas than wind beneath its wings. [03 Feb 1995, Pg.04.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This movie is not a collection of parts from other films. It's an original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become like family. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    The film's occasional jarring shifts in tone are a liability, but not a fatal one: It's a character-driven piece and the beautifully-crafted characters mask the narrative flaws. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The movie is generally entertaining, if only because the three primary characters capture the audience's sympathy, but the story doesn't contain much honest drama. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Here he has Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore and James Remar to distract us from the depths to which Ross habitually stoops in the never-ending quest to reacquaint an audience with its cheapest emotions. show more

  • 80

    There are no real surprises, and it's arguable whether three such disparate souls as these would, in reality, bond so well. But the acting is flawless, the principals fleshing out their characters far beyond their hastily sketched stereotypes. show more

  • 78
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    Boys on the Side is surprisingly effective, although its narrative often advances awkwardly. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Goldberg, for all her character's tough bluster, is sweet too: Her performance here is contained, modulated, dignified without cushioning the Whoopi edge that makes her work so interesting and uncategorizable. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie tries to outdo "Thelma and Louise" by upping the number of heroines, but it lacks the moral seriousness to tackle its sensitive material. show more

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