70

The New Yorker

The car chases are unimpeachable.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
But the bad boys achieve something a budget can't buy: an easy, natural rapport that makes you root for them. For comedy and thrills, Lawrence and Smith are a dream team.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

With more sophisticated writing, one suspects they could really soar: Even here, slowed by clunky, character-establishing lines and an all-devouring plot, they hit more often than they miss.
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60

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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50

TV Guide

Aside from the racial twist, this is pretty conventional fare, but it's consistently diverting.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Benefits from Smith and Lawrence's chemistry. As long as they're on screen together, things breeze along. But when they're apart, the movie flounders.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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

ReelViews

By 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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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's like a series of cliches exploding in your face.
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30

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
From the swooping aerial shots of downtown Miami, to the long, long-legged beauties that seem to crop up every time the action threatens to slow down, to the nonsensical lack of logic that permeates the film like the acrid odor of wasted cordite, Bad Boys oozes Eighties Hollywood clichés like no film since "Top Gun."
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41 out of 100
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