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Bad Boys Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    41

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's like a series of cliches exploding in your face.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Whom do they make these movies for? What exercise in self-deception inspires them to go to such effort and expense for what is obviously going to be a lame exercise in retreadmanship?

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There's only so far a movie can go on loud music, nicely-framed shots, testosterone, and adrenaline. Bad Boys takes the often-traveled road, and leads the audience to a dead end.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    Would have been better if it had been sleeker and shorter. After all, this film isn't aiming for high-toned drama, just high-energy entertainment, which is what it delivers.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New Yorker

    The car chases are unimpeachable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Vulgar, violent explosion flick is for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bad Boys is the violent, vulgar debut feature of Michael Bay. Like most Bay productions, it's slick, exploitative, and lacks redeeming value. The heroes are foul-mouthed, violent Miami narcotics cops who are charged with recovering a huge pile of heroin. Some minor characters are junkies and prostitutes. There is no nudity or onscreen sex, but plenty of sexual innuendo. The profanity is non-stop, and the nonstop violence includes fist-fighting, guns, blood, and explosions (and one gory corpse).

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. Was it thrilling, or disturbing? How did it make you feel in the end?
  • What is the appeal of this type of movie? Is there any value to this type of film, or is it just entertainment?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The heroes seem fairly disorganized; they're always joking and fighting amongst themselves. Their main motivation is to retrieve the heroin to save their jobs and to avenge the death of a friend. They kill almost at random with no consequences. Nothing they do makes the world a better place, and no one seems to learn much of anything.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main characters are definitely good people, loyal to one another and to their loved ones. But they are needlessly violent and vulgar, and not particularly the kind of police one would want to hold up as an example.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Lots of big, broad action-violence with car chases, explosions, guns, and fist-fights. There are plenty of guns, including some very big, very loud ones. Several minor characters are killed without consequences. Other characters are threatened with guns to their heads. There's some blood and gore, including a scene with a rotting corpse.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The movie has no nudity or sex, but it contains plenty of sexual innuendo and sexy situations. Married Marcus and single Mike are forced to trade places for reasons too complicated to explain, so there are lots of jokes about the married man and his wife being tempted by others. A half-naked girl shows up at Mike's apartment, and there are half-naked girls dancing in a club. There are also references to "working girls" and one minor character is actually a prostitute.

  • language false5

    Language: We get non-stop, all-out language of all stripes, including "f--k" and all its permutations, "s--t" and all its permutations, and "dick," "balls," "God damn," "bitch," "ass," "screw," "God," "Jesus Christ," "whore," "t-ts," "asshole," and "hump." The term "Negroes" is used, but not the "N" word.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Characters mention name brands several times out loud, but are never seen using or consuming said brands. They include "Coke," "Budweiser," "Bubblicious" gum, and "Skittles." "Arm & Hammer" baking soda is shown.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The heroes are narcotics cops. The bad guys steal an enormous amount of heroin from the police. This heroin is shown and mentioned many times (in "brick" form as well as powder), but only one minor character uses it. Otherwise, there is some minor drinking during a club scene, and another scene inside a liquor store (but no drinking).

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