Bad Boys 1995

Bad Boys

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Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have enjoyable chemistry; unfortunately, director Michael Bay too often drowns it out with set pieces and explosions in place of an actual story.

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Miami-Dade detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) blow a fuse when $100 million worth of heroin they recently confiscated is heisted from station headquarters. Suspecting it was an inside job, Internal Affairs gives them five days to track down the drugs before they shut down the narcotics division. Action meets farce when Marcus is compelled to masquerade as his partner in order to gain the trust of a call girl (Tea Leoni), a key witness in their investigation.

Cast & Crew

Martin Lawrence
Detective Marcus Burnett
Will Smith
Detective Mike Lowrey
Téa Leoni
Julie Mott
Theresa Randle
Theresa Burnett
Marg Helgenberger
Captain Alison Sinclair
Nestor Serrano
Detective Sanchez
Saverio Guerra
Chet the Doorman
Doug Richardson
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Lucas Foster
Executive Producer
Bruce S. Pustin
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Critic Reviews for Bad Boys

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (37)

  • ... the pairing of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith generates a winning comic chemistry.

    April 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Haven't we seen this all before? Four or five dozen times?

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • You may rest assured that whenever a glass object hoves into view, it will be shattered in slo-mo by the end of the scene.

    March 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Entertainment of the gratingly commercial, teeth-rattling variety is provided in Bad Boys.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • These are two high-energy, likable performers, and yet long passages unwind in which they are terribly boring because they are working without much of a script.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The cops never seem to know what they're doing, but then neither do the filmmakers, though I can't imagine that casual audiences will care since there are plenty of big explosions at the end to reward them.

    February 5, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bad Boys

  • Nov 28, 2017
    Fans of a pre-Terminator Bay are gonna love it, and I can see where it succeeds, but personally Bad Boys makes me kinda uncomfortable.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    This film has one of the better opening scenes of any action film. The banter back and forth between Smith and Lawrence is priceless not only at the beginning but throughout the whole film. Michael Bay loves to saturate his action films with comedy and having real comedians deliver the punchlines actually works, however, compared to forcing others to try it out like in Transformers or Armageddon. The action is great in this one as well as the script. Entertaining film all around.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Bad Boys" does get a lot of positive and negative reviews but frankly is quite entertaining to watch. The plot to "Bad Boys" is that a group of gang members break into the police department and steal confiscated heroin. Two hilarious people are asked to assist in the case "Marcus Burnette" portrayed by "Martin Lawrence" and "Mike Lowrey" portrayed by "Will Smith". Later on a woman "Julie Mott" portrayed by "Téa Leoni" witnesses a gang murdering a woman and a male and is taken into protective custody. The movie opens with a comedic scene showing how "Burnette" and "Lowrey" are police officers. The scene is humorous and somewhat unnecessary. Throughout the movie it shows "Lowrey" and "Burnette" taking care of "Julie" whilst some scenes are humorous, "Julie Mott's" character doesn't have much of a purpose to the plot. The movie climax is thrilling and has an excellent antagonist death. Speaking of which the antagonist in the movie "Fouchet" portrayed by "Tcheky Karyo" has little scenes in the movie, and doesn't feel like an antagonist at all. Both "Will Smith" and "Martin Lawrence" are talented actors/comedians and do a terrific job in the movie and almost turn the film into a comedy. The best part of the movie is the cinematography "Amir Rokri" does a splendid job at creating beautiful scenes. The film score in the movie is okay; occasionally the music doesn't fit in well with some scenes. If you are a person who enjoys action/crime/comedy's then I recommend you watch "Bad Boys" as it has amazing acting, gorgeous film shots and humorous scenes. Although the movie isn't perfect it has some issues these being the occasional music being in the wrong place, the lack of a strong antagonist or powerful and some annoying and useless characters. I give "Bad Boys" a 7/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence partner up and it's hysterical as it is action-oriented. Michael Bay's Bad Boys is directed in a somewhat-decent way that is also well-scripted in thanks to Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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