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Former video director Michael Bay had his first big hit with this action comedy, which also returned producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson to the big-budget, high-violence movies that they successfully churned out in the '80s. Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are two Miami cops who watch as 100 million dollars in heroin, from the biggest drug bust of their careers, is stolen out of the basement of police headquarters. This puts them hot on the trail of French drug lord Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo), who leaves a trail of bodies in his wake and only one witness,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cops never seem to know what they're doing, but then neither do the filmmakers, though I can't imagine that casual audiences will care since there are plenty of big explosions at the end to reward them."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This film isn't aiming for high-toned drama, just high-energy entertainment, which is what it delivers."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"This is pretty conventional fare, but it's consistently diverting."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Le résultat final se veut certes vide, prévisible et terriblement artificiel. Mais bon, il s'est déjà fait bien pire, et surtout moins amusant."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"Highly entertaining but ridiculously forgettable."
‑ Joshua Tyler,
"Even when it's not particularly funny, their interplay is engaging, and their lively, raucous personalities keep the proceedings punchy and watchable for the slightly overlong running time."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It's all special-effects noise and nonsense."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A frantically slick and thoroughly enjoyable extravaganza."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Crowd-pleasing, energetic action comedy."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Great buddy movie. Will and Martin act like old time friends, and the action is intense."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Unfortunately, the movie is a couple of rewrites short of 'developed', and the thriller configurations are stale."
‑ , Time Out
"Given how much good Bad Boys is going to do for Martin Lawrence's feature career, it's a pity the film couldn't do any more for itself."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Overall, the characters are not strong enough to provide any real emotional impact, and the violence and thrills are subsequently numbing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"The movie that unleashed Michael Bay upon the world, for better and worse. Mostly better in this case."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"An action-comedy extravaganza. It gets no better than this."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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