“Bad Boys, Bad Boys, What You Gonna Do? What You Gonna Do When They Come For You?”
Of course, the Simpson-Bruckheimer approach may still work at the box office (the only place it ever really mattered, anyway). By now, though, I'd like to think most moviegoers have had a permanent overdose.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
This film isn't aiming for high-toned drama, just high-energy entertainment, which is what it delivers.
Caryn James - New York Times
Bad Boys is relentless formulaic fodder for the explosion-starved; it's loud, shallow, sexist and a complete waste of time.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Even by the low-low standards of cheap action flicks, this one's bad, boys.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
This movie is so good-looking it deserves a decent screenplay, instead of one more lope down memory lane.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Even when it's not particularly funny, their interplay is engaging, and their lively, raucous personalities keep the proceedings punchy and watchable for the slightly overlong running time.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Bad Boys takes the often-traveled road, and leads the audience to a dead end.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It's all special-effects noise and nonsense.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Given how much good Bad Boys is going to do for Martin Lawrence's feature career, it's a pity the film couldn't do any more for itself.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
This is pretty conventional fare, but it's consistently diverting.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
A frantically slick and thoroughly enjoyable extravaganza.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Overall, the characters are not strong enough to provide any real emotional impact, and the violence and thrills are subsequently numbing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
Le resultat final se veut certes vide, previsible et terriblement artificiel. Mais bon, il s'est deja fait bien pire, et surtout moins amusant.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
Boyd van Hoeij - bibloi.com
Unfortunately, the movie is a couple of rewrites short of 'developed', and the thriller configurations are stale.
- Time Out
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Crowd-pleasing, energetic action comedy.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
The movie that unleashed Michael Bay upon the world, for better and worse. Mostly better in this case.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Rebecca Murray - About.com
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
Highly entertaining but ridiculously forgettable.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Great buddy movie. Will and Martin act like old time friends, and the action is intense.
Fred Topel - About.com
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An action-comedy extravaganza. It gets no better than this.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Ultra-stylish buddy-cop comedy benefits from a few strong chuckles and lots of high-end mayhem.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Nice to look at, the film's glum Miami Vice plot is subverted by the jiggy flavour of a film that's nothing more than an excuse for Martin Lawrence and Will Smith to play cops and robbers for two hours.
Ed Gonzalez - Apollo Guide
Surprisingly enjoyable action comedy.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The entire film is filled with headache-inducing closeups, chaotic camera moves and quick edits.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A pretty amusing shoot'em-up.
Gary Kamiya - San Francisco Examiner
Bad Boys is an amazingly boring action film, and will be funny only to fans of Martin Lawrence and/or Will Smith.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Call me crazy, I'm recommending Bad Boys, especially for fans of heavy metal monster movies.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
A good half-hour's worth of nonsense in the middle keeps Bad Boys from being little better than a break- even proposition.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Plays less like the gritty action-comedy picture it aspires to be and more like a disingenuous 126 minutes of slick Hollywood inanities, a cobbled-together series of flashy explosions and none-too-witty banter.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Competent yet asinine.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Bad Boys is certainly pretty, and it's only boring if you think too hard.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus