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The Lost Boys Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    Maybe the worst part (there's so much to choose from) is the sight of a good actor like Edward Herrmann parading around looking like a demented quarterback, the shoulders of his suit jacket grotesquely padded. Mr. Schumacher has dressed the adorable Corey Haim in even weirder getups, jackets with pastel stripes and little outfits that resemble dresses. The vampires aren't nearly as creepy as those clothes. [6 Aug 1987, p.1]

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Director Joel Schumacher, whose pastel color schemes vitalized St. Elmo's Fire, gives this a sensual, at times even erotic, sheen. And a few subplot issues - single motherhood, runaway kids, midlife dating - hint that at least someone involved with this project intended to go after bigger game. [31 Jul 1987, p.4D]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Schumacher's work in The Lost Boys consists of turning undertones into overtones--of taking the latent, the implied and the mysterious, and turning them into the loud and the obvious. He takes a story and turns it into a bunch of scenes, each of which contains its own payoff and none of which seems to draw on what has come before. And in these days of concept films, a story is a terrible thing to waste. [31 Jul 1987, p.D]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There's some good stuff in the movie, including a cast that's good right down the line and a willingness to have some fun with teenage culture in the Mass Murder Capital. But when everything is all over, there's nothing to leave the theater with - no real horrors, no real dread, no real imagination - just technique at the service of formula.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    The Lost Boys is to horror movies what ''Late Night With David Letterman'' is to television; it laughs at the form it embraces, adds a rock-and-roll soundtrack and, if you share its serious-satiric attitude, manages to be very funny.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Scary '80s vamp film. Older teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't suitable for kids. While not constant, there are some graphic gory moments. One is a vampire feeding frenzy and the other is the climactic scene where the brothers defend themselves and their friends from attacking vampires. Killing of innocents are mostly implied. One notable scene features a hallucination of maggots and rice.

  • Families can talk about peer pressure. Why did Michael go along with the pack? Even though he later regrets it, what could he have done (if anything) to keep himself from falling into their trap?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Main characters are good children, brothers who look out for each other and their family. All socially deviant behavior (in this case, vampirism) has consequences (in this case, death).

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Implied killing of innocent people, gory deaths with a lot of bitings, dismemberments, and impaling.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Implied sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent use of the word "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One reference to possible marijuana use.