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The Lost Boys (1987)

tomatometer

75

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 14

Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars.

40

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars.

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In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into an offbeat Northern California town. Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), move to Santa Carla to live with Lucy's lovable but curmudgeonly father (Barnard Hughes). Lucy gets a job from video-store owner Max (Edward Herrmann), then begins dating him, while Sam hangs out with Edward and Alan Frog (Corey

Jan 27, 1998

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (14) | DVD (23)

Schumacher falls far short of the talent for pop wit that Joe Dante showed in Gremlins and The Howling.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Lost Boys, which attempts to be funny while preserving the shock value of the vampire legend, aims somewhat higher... and misses.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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There's always room for fancy trash, and this movie -- about a gang of punk vampires terrorizing the new kids in town -- seems capable of providing some. Then the characters open their mouths.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Schumacher`s sputtering, short-term approach to the material is a disappointment, because there's something in it that ought to make for a good movie, and from time to time makes The Lost Boys good enough.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A horrifically dreadful vampire teensploitation entry.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Directed with a cavalier disregard for intelligibility, this has to be one of the most anaemic vampire flicks ever made.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Southern California isn't exactly Transylvania, but the settings are effectively spooky. And there's some amusing satire on the horror-pic genre. The plot is weak, though.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Though there is enough gore in the film to satisfy the typical bloodthirsty filmgoer, its strong suit is deadpan humor.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Joel Schumacher's 1987 teen vampire flick is ageing well. Part of that is down to the sexy blend of bad lads, bloodsuckers, camp comedy and carnage, but the quality of the cast plays a huge part too.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

While it's not quite as original or witty as it could have been, this unashamedly glossy take on vampire mythology has a clever script that's packed with twists, and builds to a surprisingly tense climax.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The Lost Boys is heady, cutting-edge vampire stuff. Mind you, it`s also very tongue-in-cheek. So watch out for those fangs, gang.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It's often sloppy and thinly plotted, but this is, after all, a summer movie, and if it's nothing to really sink your fangs into, it's often very funny.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

That Schumacher handles the transitions between very light horror, comedy, teen romance, and action as well as he does is evidence of a sure hand found nowhere else in his filmography.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

...a passable yet unspectacular relic of the 1980s.

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Scary '80s vamp film. Older teens only.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It hasn't aged well. At all.

May 8, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (4)
eFilmCritic.com

A hugely enjoyable picture that proves Joel Schumacher really can direct and that not everything about the 1980s was awful.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Despite its flaws, however, the film is an interesting addition to vampire cinema.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The picture affirms that the only thing truly important is this image of the older brother with his arm around the younger.

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

With its cool cast and classic kiss-off ending, The Lost Boys will forever be a cultural touchstone of '80s cinema. [Blu-Ray]

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Ultimately, this is a film for nostalgic fans and for kids with the appropriate dark leanings, but it's not going to wow anyone else.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Lost Boys

Campy fun with some chilling twists and turns. I saw Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric in "That Championship Season" on Broadway a couple years ago, and it's wild to see them in their first roles - all long-maned and frisky. Young Dianne Wiest is so fragilely beautiful, and young, gypsy-flavored Jami Gertz (of Seinfeld's "I don't have a square to spare" fame) looks like Shakira! Coreys Haim and Feldman are surfer-dude lame but nevertheless hilarious.
July 31, 2013
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

If you planned to send proof into space that the 1980s existed, this would be a perfect sample. The clothes, the soundtrack, the characters, storytelling and movie-making, it all reeks of the era and all its aspects. That means the movie may not have aged very well, but at its time it was a hell of a fun ride. Most importantly, it was made in a time when adolescent vampires were not cringe-worthy yet. Instead this is a both funny and gory vampire hunt that works on every level. The final punchline is particularly awesome. A cheesy experience but still great fun.
May 7, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

A scary and remarkable movie, that is not have the cliche of the stereotype of teens films and call the attention of audience from others ages. Fresh.
January 28, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Much better then I was expecting. Good mix of horror and humour. The Lost Boys is worth watching more than once and is one of the few teen horrors that are worth your time. An 80's classic and much better than Jennifer's Body, a similar film in the horror comedy genre.
October 30, 2011
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    1. Max: My own brother a God damned shit sucking vampire! You wait 'til mom finds out buddy!
    – Submitted by Josh M (13 months ago)
    1. Marko: I don't know. What's going on, Paul?
    – Submitted by Joanna S (21 months ago)
    1. Paul: You killed Marko!
    – Submitted by Joanna S (2 years ago)
    1. Grandpa: One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires.
    – Submitted by Jeremy F (2 years ago)
    1. Edgar Frog: Kill your brother. You'll feel better
    – Submitted by Michael F (2 years ago)
    1. Michael: I can't beat your bike.
    2. David: You don't need to beat me. You just need to keep up.
    – Submitted by Rachael C (2 years ago)
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