Bad Influence
Bad Influence (1990)

Successful LA marketing analyst Michael Boll (James Spader) seemingly has it all -- except a sense of self-confidence. Enigmatic drifter Alex (Rob Lowe) enters Michael's life and immediately begins to exert a negative influence. As… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Lowe's surface performance is distracting and eliminates much of the suspense necessary to keep this sort of grasping Hitchcock wannabe afloat.

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Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide

The production values give a sense that the movie was quickly and haphazardly put together.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...improves substantially once Alex drops his charming facade and becomes a flat-out villain...

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Features Rob Lowe at his most creepy

Cole Smithey

An overlooked classic satire/thriller

Scott Weinberg

Lowe and Spader deliver some great work in this fairly familiar, yet still enjoyable, thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Good thriller. Makes you think twice about making a new friend!
Aj V
Two of the hottest actors of the 80s finally star in a movie together! I was so excited to see this on TV that day, it was so awesome. Not only did it have… More
Bruce Bruce
a down hill point in Rob Lowe,
Lady D'arbanville
An interesting film which I was sure was gonna end similar to Fight Club, it didn't and so was an enjoyable watch.
Japes .
Awesome movie. There's a nice buildup of Lowe's character Alex. It makes Alex seem like a great guy after he stands up for Michael, and they have a… More
Dean McKenna
The script never quite lives up to the promising idea and remains stricitly by-the-numbers stuff. It has been done many times before, never better than in… More