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Boys is a coming-of-age tale about an addled prep school student who nurses a woman back to health after an accident and becomes involved in her cryptic past. John Baker Jr. (Lukas Haas) is a tormented high school senior outcast who's weary of his upper-crust boarding school life and dreads his future as a supermarket chain manager. When he finds Patty Vare (Winona Ryder) unconscious in a field after being thrown from a horse, Baker sees this as an opportunity to break out of his humdrum existence, and he smuggles her into the school to take care of her. The relationship blooms into a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As vague and unfocused as its title."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Writer/director Cochran is stronger on capturing the texture surrounding her characters' converging experiences than making much of it when they do get together."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"What begins as an edgy examination of sheltered, selfish kids making stupid choices devolves into a ludicrously mannered celebration of adolescent rebellion."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Amazingly bland Winona Ryder vehicle."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Boys is a poorly written and ill conceived drama that never even tries to involve the viewer."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"The actors do a nice job of investing it all with a certain conviction, and there's a fairy-tale tinge to some of the action that gives it a certain charm."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A first-rate example of good actors stuck in a bad movie."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Haas and Ryder let off some serious sparks, even if the screenplay doesn't"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A dreadful disappointment of epic proportions."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Twenty-five cents to the person who can explain what the point of this exercise was."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The movie's not helped at all by Ryder, who seems uncomfortable playing femme fatale to these grimy-fingered boys, as if she doesn't believe anyone could feel this adulative about her."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It is essentially a coming-of-age movie, but the circumstances are so eccentric and the relationships so unique that Cochran seems to be reaching for something more inscrutable, more ambiguous."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Obviously reshot and recut to the point of complete incoherence"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"An extraordinarily boring date movie with a bad attitude."
‑ Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner
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