Boys (1996)

Boys (1996)



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In this melodramatic mystery, teenager John Baker stumbles across the unconscious form of a woman in a field near the boys' school he attends. When the woman regains consciousness, she refuses to go the hospital and insists on hiding out in John's dorm room, involving him in a strange mystery.
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Touchstone Pictures


Winona Ryder
as Patty Vare
Lukas Haas
as John Baker Jr
Wiley Wiggins
as John Phillips
Skeet Ulrich
as Bud Valentine
Chris Cooper
as John Baker
John C. Reilly
as Officer Kellogg Curry
Bill Sage
as Officer Bill Martone
Matt Malloy
as Bartender
Russell Young
as John Van Slieder
Vivienne Shub
as Frances
Charlie Hofheimer
as John Cooke
Spencer Vrooman
as John Murphy
Andy Davis
as Jonathan Marco
James LeGros
as Fenton Ray
Maddie Corman
as Liz Curry
Rob Carlton
as Tom Vare
James Gardiner
as Kellogg Curry Jnr
John Fitzpatrick
as Steve Hunt
Cheryl Goode
as Beer Girl
Jessica Harper
as Mrs. John Baker
Miranda Syp
as Ellen Vare
John Reeves
as Phil Rains Esq.
Carter McNeese
as Floor Waxer
Angela Hall
as Officer Julie Leroux
Bob Moore
as Officer Darryl Cane
David Paulson
as Lieutenant Love
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Critic Reviews for Boys

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

As vague and unfocused as its title.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Top Critic

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… | January 14, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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… | January 14, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

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… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Featherweight to a fault but not likely to generate hatred unless you've shelled out the full eight bucks, it will still exasperate fans who've observed Ryder's gradual escalation into a major star.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

A first-rate example of good actors stuck in a bad movie.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Boys


Poor Winona Ryder. One grand larceny charge and her career goes into the toilet faster than a 99 cent Taco Bell burrito.


Wow this was a bad movie. Taped it off tv as I had never seen it and had liked a few of Winona's older movies. I remember hearing bad reviews on it when it was first out, but figured I'd check it out anyhow. I mean, I like some crap, let's face it. But this..... this was a whole new level. Ten minutes in and I'm already bored crapless. Ugly film to look at, not a whole lot happening in story either...I stuck with it to see what all the flashbacks were hinting at. Surely be interesting at the end... but no, lame as, and don't even get me started on the ending. I mean, where the hell where they running off to?! And Winona's acting in this was like she was mentally challenged, not injured. Extremely ill advised. Avoid.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


This movie was downright terrible. There was supposed to be romance between the two main characters, but all that was displayed was Ryder's famous smirk and the guy's weird smile. That aside, the plot of the movie was horrendous. :rotten:

Nikki B
Nikki B

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