Boys (1996)

In this melodramatic mystery, teenager John Baker stumbles across the unconscious form of a woman in a field near the boys' school he attends. When the woman regains consciousness, she refuses to go the hospital and insists on hiding… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 10, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

As vague and unfocused as its title.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Writer/director Cochran is stronger on capturing the texture surrounding her characters' converging experiences than making much of it when they do get together.

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Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Stacy Cochran wrote and directed and I fell asleep.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Hal Hinson
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.

TV Guide

What begins as an edgy examination of sheltered, selfish kids making stupid choices devolves into a ludicrously mannered celebration of adolescent rebellion.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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James Berardinelli

Boys is a love story, or at least that's what the film makers would like us to believe. The problem is, there isn't much emotion present.

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Clint Morris

Haas and Ryder let off some serious sparks, even if the screenplay doesn't

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Wow this was a bad movie. Taped it off tv as I had never seen it and had liked a few of Winona's older movies. I remember hearing bad reviews on it when… More
Leo L
This film is one of those unfortunates that would have been great, but just didn't. Great music regardless!