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Boys (1996)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 4,542


Movie Info

Boys is a coming-of-age tale about an addled prep school student who nurses a woman back to health after an accident and becomes involved in her cryptic past. John Baker Jr. (Lukas Haas) is a tormented high school senior outcast who's weary of his upper-crust boarding school life and dreads his future as a supermarket chain manager. When he finds Patty Vare (Winona Ryder) unconscious in a field after being thrown from a horse, Baker sees this as an opportunity to break out of his humdrum … More

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Mar 4, 2003


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Critic Reviews for Boys

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (22) | DVD (2)

As vague and unfocused as its title.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A first-rate example of good actors stuck in a bad movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

March 23, 2005

Obviously reshot and recut to the point of complete incoherence

December 18, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Amazingly bland Winona Ryder vehicle.

July 26, 2002

A dreadful disappointment of epic proportions.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

An extraordinarily boring date movie with a bad attitude.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Boys is a poorly written and ill conceived drama that never even tries to involve the viewer.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Twenty-five cents to the person who can explain what the point of this exercise was.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Boys


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 it was first out, but figured I'd check it out anyhow. I mean, I like some crap, let's face it. But this..... this was a whole new level. Ten minutes in and I'm already bored crapless. Ugly film to look at, not a whole lot happening in story either...I stuck with it to see what all the flashbacks were hinting at. Surely be interesting at the end... but no, lame as, and don't even get me started on the ending. I mean, where the hell where they running off to?! And Winona's acting in this was like she was mentally challenged, not injured. Extremely ill advised. Avoid.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


This film is one of those unfortunates that would have been great, but just didn't. Great music regardless!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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