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½ September 29, 2017
A strange but likeable noir/thriller.
February 3, 2016
Spader and Lowe are well worth watching. This is an otherwise unremarkable erotic thriller.
June 6, 2015
Rob Lowe is perfect as the seductive, diabolical antagonist. A fun movie that holds up.
Super Reviewer
½ April 20, 2015
Good thriller. Makes you think twice about making a new friend!
December 5, 2014
Spader and Lowe star as the 2 Coreys in this sumptuous Todd Haynes era recreation of the '90's classic porn flick:" Nancy Reagan, wee lassie, cum home." The film is touching, in all the right places, poignant and saccharine sweet.

(It's 5 stars from me, and a Hell of a good night from Rob.)
November 24, 2014
Smart and thrilling, Bad Influence is an indie thriller that delivers a solid, creepy charismatic performance by Rob Lowe.
April 13, 2014
Rob Lowe' s real life became his reel life with this thriller. Wonderful performances from he and James Spader. So good i would give it six stars if they'd let me.
½ March 16, 2014
Never reaches the Hitchcock climate it suggests!

November 10, 2013
One of my favorite memories of the 90's is watching this film repeatedly after getting home from middle-school. I just watched it for the first time in 20 years and it still holds up as an entertaining thriller with strong performances from Rob Lowe and James Spader.
August 24, 2013
Okay thriller about a guy that basically has it all and then meets another guy that is a 'bad influence' on his life, and at one point goes off the deep end and tries to frame the original guy for everything.

Lowe is fun to watch at first, but his act seems to wear off once things get more serious. Spader is meant to be the good guy here, but at one point he seems to be just as bad as Lowe.

Lisa Zane and Marcia Cross are the best things in the movie but both are under used big time. And hey in the night club scene, don't blink or you will miss a David Duchovny siting.

Some things are set up like they will be a big plot point, Spader buying stock, but are never mentioned again and the ending seemed far too easy, while also leaving it wide open.

See if for Lowe's crass character, but the story seemed to be edited down and missing stuff.
½ August 18, 2013
Kind of a 1980s style riff on Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" by director Curtis Hanson and writer David Koepp, both before they became much bigger names in Hollywood. Rob Lowe plays the title bd influence as he begins messing with straight-laced yuppie James Spader's life after Lowe saves Spader from a potential bar brawl. Lowe begins by introducing Spader to some fun low-level bay boy behavior with the ladies, but it quickly goes downhill from there involving sex tapes and armed robberies. Low is passable and it's interesting to see the usually villainous Spader as the meek protagonist. David Duchovny can be briefly glimpsed and Marcia Cross is Spader's girlfriend with amazing 80s hair. There's also Kathleen Wilhoite who I believe I remember seeing selling babies in several TV cop dramas. Overall, it's slickly made but probably not as good as it could have been.
July 14, 2013
What happens when a Yuppie meet Mr Nasty/Cool as Ice lol. Great 80's thriller that I'm sure you'll enjoy
May 18, 2013
Wow! Curtis Hanson did this! Might be worth another look.
May 13, 2013
Most forgotten thrillers are that way for a reason; they aren't worthy of your time or attention. "Bad Influence", on the other hand, is a gem of a film just waiting to be rediscovered, a gleefully down and dirty winner that had the misfortune of bad timing upon its initial release.

It came out just as the notorious sex scandal of its star Rob Lowe was breaking, casting a lot of similarities between his personal life and his seedy character in the film. It was unjustly ignored by audience. It's a shame really, because the picture holds up just as well today as it did then, a tight thriller that grows more sinister as it goes along all under the very capable direction of Curtis Hanson. He would gradate on to more serious fare, but he cut his teeth on suspense thrillers, and he has a real knack for them.

This is engrossing from start to finish, and it's perfectly cast as well. Lowe relishes the chance to play upon his tawdry public image, and James Spader is cast against type, wonderfully so, as the weakling who learns what he's truly capable of. The two actors play off each other terrifically, and it's nice to see the film avoid the graphic violence that plagues many like it. This is a suspense thriller, not a bloody mess.

It also gets points for being logical and plausible, as the pent-up Spader gets a chance to cut loose. "Bad Influence" is a top-notch picture, an overlooked one that deserves a second chance to find a new audience.
April 30, 2013
Undeniably intense and creepy- Alfred Hitchcock for the 1990's.
January 3, 2013
Bad Influence is yet another yuppie in danger film that was so popular in the late 80's to early 90's. Here a good, but typecasted James Spader plays a nebbish yuppie who's life is turned upside down by the arrival of Rob Lowe(who is ridiculously over the top here.) Lowe is the sleazy con artist out to turn Spader from a wimp to a hellraising party boy. It starts out that Spader likes his inner demons unleashed until a girl that Spader befriends turns up dead and Lowe is trying to set him up. This is a throwaway thriller that starts off slow in the beginning then gets interesting by the middle of the movie and towards the end feels contrived. Director Curtis Hanson went on to bigger and better films(L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile.)and look for early appearences of Marcia Cross(Desperate Housewives)and David Duchovy(X-Files)overall, this is a mindless movie but well made.
December 7, 2012
Is this a joke?
Super Reviewer
October 1, 2012
a down hill point in Rob Lowe,
½ June 26, 2012
Wasn't a big one at the box office but creative in it's plot nonetheless. Trying to resume his career was Rob Lowe, after his sex scandal. He did a great job as a psychotic drifter, and James Spader was good as a timid business man, semingly afraid of his own shadow. I think a different role for Spader because nowadays, he plays brash lawyer types with swagger.
June 17, 2012
Caught it on cable on a Sunday afternoon. Surprisingly, a lot more watchable than I expected.
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