Bad Boys
Bad Boys (1982)

Sean Penn stars in Bad Boys (gee, isn't that a bit redundant?) He plays an incorrigible teen-aged gang member who is thrown into prison with several of his fellow unregenerates. Unlike Mr. Penn's real-life jail terms, this one is of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2000
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Variety Staff

Director Rick Rosenthal does a topnotch job of bringing to life the seedy, hopeless environment of a jail for juvenile offenders and has gotten some terribly convincing performances from his young cast, notably topliner Sean Penn.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It eventually becomes nothing but ugly and sustains that quality to the bitter end.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Mediocre movie with excellent performance by Penn.

Derek Owen
Time Out

An oxygenated, thoughtful alternative to the usual run of gangs-in-the-slammer movies.

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TV Guide

A searing and gut-wrenching film, Bad Boys is to the 1980s what The Blackboard Jungle was to the 1950s.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Gritty prison flick with a fine lead by Penn

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Bad Boys" misses its chance at greatness, but it's saying something that this movie had a chance. I have a notion it will stand as one of those bench-mark movies that we'll look back at for the talent it introduced.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An underrated but excellent near masterpiece...

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Scott Weinberg

Sean Penn pretty much explodes in this great (and often overlooked) visit to an ugly juvenile prison.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Mick O'Brien: Hey. What are the odds on me now, Perretti?  Perretti: Three to two... against you. Nothing personal.  Bad Boys is a solid teenage, juvenile… More
Eduardo Tobias
The best and probably the only good part about this teen prison film is Sean Penn's performance. Everything else needs some work. The production value was… More
Conner Rainwater
It's the teen drama from hell. You couldn't ask for more of a rough and mature content. Sean Penn gives his best early performance as the sociopath… More
Chris Browning
The original Bad Boys from 1983, not to be confused with the similarly named film starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, is the story of inner-city violence… More
Jani H
This is one of the best teen dramas I've seen. Strong performances by Sean Penn, who shows what a huge talent he is, and Esai Morales. The film is gritty,… More
Professor Wizenhymer
A great film following the life of a kid in Juvy. Overall: 8.8/10