Bad Boys
Bad Boys (1995)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 19, 1995
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have enjoyable chemistry; unfortunately, director Michael Bay too often drowns it out with set pieces and explosions in place of an actual story.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Caryn James
New York Times

This film isn't aiming for high-toned drama, just high-energy entertainment, which is what it delivers.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...just another typically erratic endeavor from Bay.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's all special-effects noise and nonsense.

TV Guide

This is pretty conventional fare, but it's consistently diverting.

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Time Out

Unfortunately, the movie is a couple of rewrites short of 'developed', and the thriller configurations are stale.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

A frantically slick and thoroughly enjoyable extravaganza.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Straight up action films that include a bit of comedy and a lot of chemistry between its leads, are intensely enjoyable. There's almost a strange catharsis… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] The film is kind of enjoyable because of the on screen talent, their quirky and… More
Eugene Bernabe
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence partner up and it's hysterical as it is action-oriented. Michael Bay's Bad Boys is directed in a somewhat-decent way… More
Christopher Heim
Michael Bay's first feature film. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have a great chemistry together. The plot is basically Lethal Weapons with a hardcore… More
Melvin White
Marcus Burnett: Next time, learn to work the safety with your punk-ass.  "Whatcha gonna do?" I'm not going to sit here and bash Michael Bay or… More
Ken Stachnik
This film was originally called Bulletproof Hearts, and was supposed to star Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz if you can believe it. But when Dana Carvey experienced… More