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In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into an offbeat Northern California town. Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), move to Santa Carla to live with Lucy's lovable but curmudgeonly father (Barnard Hughes). Lucy gets a job from video-store owner Max (Edward Herrmann), then begins dating him, while Sam hangs out with Edward and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), a pair of vampire-obsessed comic-shop clerks. Soon Michael… More
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"Schumacher falls far short of the talent for pop wit that Joe Dante showed in Gremlins and The Howling."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Schumacher`s sputtering, short-term approach to the material is a disappointment, because there's something in it that ought to make for a good movie, and from time to time makes The Lost Boys good enough."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Southern California isn't exactly Transylvania, but the settings are effectively spooky. And there's some amusing satire on the horror-pic genre. The plot is weak, though."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"While it's not quite as original or witty as it could have been, this unashamedly glossy take on vampire mythology has a clever script that's packed with twists, and builds to a surprisingly tense climax."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"That Schumacher handles the transitions between very light horror, comedy, teen romance, and action as well as he does is evidence of a sure hand found nowhere else in his filmography."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The Lost Boys, which attempts to be funny while preserving the shock value of the vampire legend, aims somewhat higher... and misses."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A horrifically dreadful vampire teensploitation entry."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Though there is enough gore in the film to satisfy the typical bloodthirsty filmgoer, its strong suit is deadpan humor."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"The Lost Boys is heady, cutting-edge vampire stuff. Mind you, it`s also very tongue-in-cheek. So watch out for those fangs, gang."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"...a passable yet unspectacular relic of the 1980s."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"There's always room for fancy trash, and this movie -- about a gang of punk vampires terrorizing the new kids in town -- seems capable of providing some. Then the characters open their mouths."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"Directed with a cavalier disregard for intelligibility, this has to be one of the most anaemic vampire flicks ever made."
‑ , Time Out
"Joel Schumacher's 1987 teen vampire flick is ageing well. Part of that is down to the sexy blend of bad lads, bloodsuckers, camp comedy and carnage, but the quality of the cast plays a huge part too."
‑ , Total Film
"It's often sloppy and thinly plotted, but this is, after all, a summer movie, and if it's nothing to really sink your fangs into, it's often very funny."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Scary '80s vamp film. Older teens only."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
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