Bad Influence (1990)




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Movie Info

Successful L.A. marketing analyst James Spader seemingly has it all -- except a sense of self-confidence. Enigmatic drifter Rob Lowe enters Spader's life and immediately begins to exert a negative influence on the poor fellow. As Spader's self-esteem zooms, he allows himself to be dragooned into a life of crime.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Koepp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 3, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Michael Boll

as Claire

as Patterson

as Naked Woman

as Woman in Bar

as Man in Bar

as Chez Jay Bartender

as Club Bartender

as Club Goer

as Bumped Woman

as Howard

as Art Gallery Patrons

as Dr. Fielding

as Mrs. Fielding

as Hamburger Clerk

as Michael's Neighbor

as Receptionist

as Female Executive

as Arguing Man

as Man at Tar Pit

as Woman at Tar Pit

as Club Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Bad Influence

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 9, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Bad Influence


Good thriller. Makes you think twice about making a new friend!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

a down hill point in Rob Lowe,

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Awesome movie.

There's a nice buildup of Lowe's character Alex. It makes Alex seem like a great guy after he stands up for Michael, and they have a nice friendship together, until the relationship slowly spirals into an out of control life or death situation. The pacing of this movie is perfect; not too fast and not too slow. There aren't any boring parts either, which I'm very thankful for. Nothing worse than watching a boring movie.

Both characters are likable (at least until Lowe's true character is established), and they both have qualities that make them seem like real individuals. The development of Spader's character was great. I like seeing a character evolve into a completely different one by the end of a movie. It was a slow transition from shy/passive office worker to aggressive/violent gunman, but it worked. It was awesome.

It was a very cool movie to watch.

Japes .

Super Reviewer

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