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In this youth-oriented, melodramatic mystery, a teenage boy stumbles across the unconscious form of an older woman who has just been thrown from a horse in a field near the boys' school he attends. He decides to take the inert woman to his dorm and help her out. When twenty-five-year-old Patty finally wakes up she refuses to allow young John Baker to take her to the hospital. See, unbeknownst to John, wealthy, sophisticated Patty is deeply involved in the mysterious disappearance of baseball pitcher Bud Valentine, but she doesn't tell John about it. He does his best to keep Patty… 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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