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The Lost Boys Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 29, 2014
A master mold of horror and comedy...
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 21, 2014
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.
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
January 21, 2014
Though there is enough gore in the film to satisfy the typical bloodthirsty filmgoer, its strong suit is deadpan humor.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2014
Schumacher falls far short of the talent for pop wit that Joe Dante showed in Gremlins and The Howling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Total Film
January 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
January 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 21, 2014
The Lost Boys, which attempts to be funny while preserving the shock value of the vampire legend, aims somewhat higher... and misses.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 21, 2014
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.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
January 21, 2014
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
January 21, 2014
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
January 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 18, 2012
...a passable yet unspectacular relic of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Scary '80s vamp film. Older teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
May 8, 2010
It hasn't aged well. At all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

October 20, 2009
A hugely enjoyable picture that proves Joel Schumacher really can direct and that not everything about the 1980s was awful.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 20, 2009
Despite its flaws, however, the film is an interesting addition to vampire cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 24, 2009
A horrifically dreadful vampire teensploitation entry.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 23, 2008
The picture affirms that the only thing truly important is this image of the older brother with his arm around the younger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 31, 2008
With its cool cast and classic kiss-off ending, The Lost Boys will forever be a cultural touchstone of '80s cinema. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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