• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Stacy Cochran
    In Theaters:
    May 10, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 4, 2003


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Boys Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

January 14, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Clint Morris

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

| Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2005
David Poland
Hot Button

| Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2002
Variety Staff
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As vague and unfocused as its title.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 14, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 2011
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post

January 14, 2011
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2008
Susan Granger

| Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2006
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: C

June 12, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2005
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Obviously reshot and recut to the point of complete incoherence

| Original Score: 1/5

December 18, 2004
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 1/4

May 14, 2003
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury

| Original Score: 1/5

August 1, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Amazingly bland Winona Ryder vehicle.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

A dreadful disappointment of epic proportions.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A small, cramped film about an aimless woman in her mid-20s who becomes involved with an innocent prep school student.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Boys must think audiences are not very bright.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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
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