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Bad Boys

1995
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 59m
One hundred million dollars worth of confiscated heroin has just been jacked from police custody. Once the career bust of Detective Mike Lowery (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence), the missing drugs now threaten to shut down the narcotics division of the Miami Police Department. (Sony)
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Bad Boys

1995
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 59m
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Rated 12 Oct 2021
60
22nd
This was unique for bringing two 90's Black sitcom stars together in one movie. Yet it rarely rises above that gimmick. Martin is still an energetic loudmouth (often to the detriment of his character) while Will Smith coasts by on natural charisma. But these buddy cops aren't different enough to make a captivating duo. And cinematically, Michael Bay does a disservice to the flick as unlike Tony Scott he can't make compelling drama or cohesive action. At best it's an average 90's action entry.
Rated 29 Apr 2012
61
41st
Mindless fun if you like profanity and slow-mo, and since I have a penis, that'll do.
Rated 17 Oct 2020
69
32nd
Recently rewatched, "Bad Boys" is a fairly lifeless action flick that showcases a lot of the things that people don't like about Bay. The mystery is surface deep, the comedy is flat, and the action is all glitz. It's possible that it's just dated, because I remember loving this in the 90's.
Rated 24 May 2014
20
3rd
Obnoxious stupidity. Seemed to refer in a strange way to BARTON FINK via the character of Chet the doorman, but what significance this was meant to convey, if any, was indecipherable to this viewer.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
80th
I'll say it. I like this film. I've seen it a bunch of times. It's not anything spectacular, but it is perfect for what it is. It's a buddy cop movie, it's funny, it's got good action sequences, and all the cliches are right there, in your face, and no excuses are made.
Rated 31 Jan 2020
100
94th
Perfect cop /buddy / action film ( in my opinion in ) Smith and Lawrence have great on screen chemistry
Rated 14 Jun 2008
70
76th
good movie
Rated 17 May 2019
60
35th
I wanted to see this so bad as a kid. I think I was just a big Fresh Prince fan. I am kind of surprised my parents let me watch this. So many swears!
Rated 01 Aug 2009
39
27th
Typical Bay nonsense. It's nowhere near as bad as its sequel, and the two leads do a half decent job. But ultimately this is pointless and not very entertaining.
Rated 16 Apr 2013
2
15th
It's alright. Bad Boys 2 stomps on it, though.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
64
39th
Bay directs as he usually does, with unbearable amounts of edits. Saved by the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence and a decent supporting cast.
Rated 11 Jun 2011
38
25th
I wasn't expecting anything fantastic, but even the action sequences weren't consistently entertaining. Luckily the comedic parts outshine the action. Other than that, it's pretty clear that without Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, this wouldn't be worth watching.
Rated 10 Jan 2012
85
86th
Guy playing the main villain is a dogshit actor, the rest of the movie is pretty fun though.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
70
52nd
It's a fun action film. The movie accepts what it is and runs with it without trying to be anything more and definitely delivers on it's promise. Good action with some laughs thrown in for good measure. Not ground breaking by any means but still solid entertainment.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
35
13th
Passes the time.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
60
27th
Good action flick that benefits more from its cast than the actual plot.
Rated 13 Aug 2007
30
4th
Wow, they're really bad!
Rated 12 Apr 2020
60
21st
"I'm from the middle-east. I kill before and I kill again." Bad Boys is loud, obnoxious and messy. Bay seems to be more focused on capturing the "hero poster-shot" after the action instead of the action itself. The dynamic between Smith and Lawrence, and the comedy therein is the major draw to the film, though Leoni delivers the best performance and enables most of the comedy. The film has a grunge feel but is otherwise mediocre and out-dated.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
81st
I was hesitant to give this movie such a high mark. But I'll say it......it was really fun. I know it's a Bruckheimer/Bay vehicle, but I just can't get past how cool it is. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have great on-screen chemistry as well. Just a damn fun movie.
Rated 27 Jul 2014
45
24th
All this is a bad action flick. With a dumb plot, dialogue, and tone, this movie has no idea what it is doing. The only entertaining thing is the chemistry between Lawrence and Smith who were far above the level of this film. Otherwise this is just another film that reeks of Michael Bay.
Rated 03 Feb 2020
6
70th
Interestingly enough given their career levels since this is actually somewhat more of a Martin Lawrence movie than a Will Smith one. Action wise it’s pretty generic but it’s somewhat saved by the swapped identities gimmick which gives it a playful comedy of errors nature. Overall pretty sleek and watchable but I’d rank it below Beverly Hills Cop, Rush Hour and the first two Lethal Weapons.
Rated 06 Mar 2014
65
45th
I didn't hate this and it's certainly better than the sequel but at no point was I ever really that invested in anything that was going on.
Rated 07 Jan 2016
49
5th
Bad boys, worst script.
Rated 01 May 2021
58
13th
Confession: I actually love the way Michael Bay shoots action. It's an expressionist ballet of slow-mo, low-angle shots and swirling camera movement. Storytelling and spatial geography are thrown out the window in lieu of evoking the *feeling* of action. I just hated everything else about this misogynist piece of fascist copaganda; a movie that not just trivializes but actively glorifies police brutality and human rights violations, with a sense of humour that only appeals to teenage boys.
Rated 11 Jun 2008
85
40th
I hardly remember it, but when I first saw it I enjoyed it. If you see this, watch Hot Fuzz.
Rated 02 Sep 2015
95
63rd
The basic idea of having two main characters who are, well, buddies they act like friends to each other, they get in fights, they help each other out, they compliment each other This is one of the best examples, since Smith and Lawrence really do compliment each other so well They have pretty good on-screen chemistry, too you believe that these are good friends and partners. The action was well-done too, intense and exciting. The film, all in all, was pretty good, very entertaining.
Rated 11 Dec 2013
50
47th
I hesitate to call Bad Boys a good movie or even something that's worth seeing, but as an adrenaline-fueled experience filled with inventive cinematography, in-your-face editing, charismatic leads, enjoyable banter and a plot you've seen dozens of times before -- well, it certainly is just that. It's not original and the action scenes are nothing special, but the film isn't a boring watch and I can't say there was much I disliked about seeing it. Bad Boys just might be worth a viewing.
Rated 20 Oct 2009
64
37th
The plot is as silly as you could expect from Bay but there's some good chemistry between Smith and Lawrence that saves a lot.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
75
65th
I really liked this. It's a Michael Bay's Nothing To Lose, and I can't stop loving Martin Lawrence. He may not have been funny since the 90s, but when he was funny he was hilarious. Also Will Smith is for once not playing the obtrusively white-friendly black guy, and I can only approve. The action is Bay all over and therefore shit, but you know what, I laughed my ass off. One of the better action flicks to catch on a saturday after midnight when you've got half a bag of chips and a beer left.
Rated 31 Jan 2013
40
32nd
Two honest black police officers (Martin Lawrence and Will Smith) do not act much like real cops. They try to recover drugs worth millions of dollars, and find a witness to a related murder, but she is spooked. Tea Leoni is great. The movie is full of holes and their deceptions are stretched to ridiculous lengths. If you can overlook the unbelievable plot, the script is amusing at times. Filmed well, good music and sound.
Rated 01 Dec 2017
7
76th
Bad Boys certainly isn't gonna win any awards and in general not considered a great movie, but there is a lot of fun to be had with this. The movie knows exactly what it is and the star of the show is the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence, only helping certify that light hearted, buddy cop feel that works so well for the movie. The plot is pretty bare bones, and none of the supporting characters matter all that much, but this is an entertaining watch and one of the best of Bay's work.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
78
49th
Just an action movie but a clever and entertaining one. Very well shot.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
80
55th
Téa Leoni is crazy hot in this movie.
Rated 16 Dec 2006
30
6th
I don't remember much about this movie, but I'm sure I'm not missing much.
Rated 30 Dec 2006
94
86th
the better of the 2 and a must see for new will smith fans
Rated 08 Feb 2007
44
30th
AMERICA!
Rated 06 Dec 2020
70
53rd
Meh20mespeciallyopening+theysingitbadlyinthecarlol+Tlooksbetterbrunette+getsfunnybutstillboring+WstayedatMhousewithwife-Tthoughtsowholetime+Mwasthestar+it'sagoodcomedywithabadactionvillainandmostlymehactionintheway
Rated 20 Mar 2007
67
39th
Better than Bad Boys 2 for sure, but still not all that great.
Rated 26 May 2007
50
36th
How many times can we use the word fuck in the 1st 5 min of a movie?
Rated 08 Jun 2007
70
32nd
Typical buddy action movie.
Rated 14 Jun 2007
80
69th
Will Smith kicking butt. This film revitalizes the buddy cop movie theme, updating it for the 90s. Fast cars, lots of guns and big explosions, with the odd one liners and buddy cop comedy thrown in.
Rated 01 Feb 2016
91
41st
An awesome buddy cop movie. Very funny and entertaining.
Rated 03 Jul 2007
60
29th
very funny, good action,
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
11th
Will Smith plus Michael Bay = crap squared.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
19
6th
Bad director, bad actors. That's it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
6th
Derivative with few thrills.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
15th
Fine. It's brainless action directed with a smattering of zep.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
71st
Better than the second with truer form. If your an action film fan, you should like this one.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
52nd
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence make for fun times
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
36th
Lawrence and Smith are great to watch together, but the plot eventually rears its ugly head and almost ruins the fun.
Rated 14 Jan 2016
80
42nd
Cliched but funny. Too long but you are never bored. One dimensional characters but funny dialogue. For every negative about this movie, and there are a lot, there is an almost equal amount of positives that make this an action-comedy worth checking out.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
60
39th
Nothing special or original, but it isn't boring.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
85
88th
Very amusing, the movie works in several aspects. The chemistry between the actors really works.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
70
42nd
Action and bad talk de-lux. Just my thing.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
74
47th
This movie was pretty good, but it was to 80's for me.
Rated 19 Dec 2007
55
18th
It has its moments.
Rated 08 Jun 2022
45
46th
I have feelings about Bad Boys and my feelings have feelings. I both hate and love Bad Boys. I also hate that I love it and love that I hate it. Michael Bay's direction is grating, loud, and more obnoxious than all the toxic pseudo-masculinity that you can possibly capture on film. I actually appreciate both how awful this movie is and that I somehow managed to take away Martin Lawrence and Will Smith's on-screen chemistry. I need a shower, probably a shrink, and time to rethink my entire life.
Rated 20 Feb 2008
59
17th
No it just wasn't that good. I did like the theme song from the soundtrack though. That kept it from gettting a 70.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
60
37th
good mix of action and comedy, some times worthless acting.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
50
32nd
funny **
Rated 18 Apr 2008
79
42nd
Tons o' style. Never mind the average plot.
Rated 26 May 2008
77
31st
Fun action romp. Likeable, even if cliched, characters.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
65
30th
Good will smith movie- was hot for the summer... I'd still watch it, if it were on TV.
Rated 07 Jul 2008
36
16th
It's like Michael Bay told somebody that he wanted to make a cop movie, and then he got all sad because he had to admit that he knew absolutely nothing about police work. But then his buddy patted him on the shoulder and told him it was okay, because most people don't care. This has all the classic problems of pastiche, and the action isn't quite enough to overcome them.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
10
1st
Bad. BAAAD!
Rated 18 Nov 2008
55
63rd
Ah the movie that taught me how to swear.
Rated 03 Dec 2008
30
10th
Michael Bay... I'm sorry, when this is one of your BETTER films, you've helmed a terrible career.
Rated 23 Jan 2009
15
11th
just lame
Rated 26 Jan 2009
65
30th
Good music. I really dont like Martin Lawrence though. Will is OK. Standard action movie.
Rated 09 Feb 2009
45
32nd
Again good but not as good as the sequel
Rated 21 Apr 2009
47
42nd
Moderately entertaining buddy-cop action flick with a strong cast. Some of the action is pretty good, and the dialog is definitely above average for a police film. Worth a watch.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
10
3rd
Offensively stupid
Rated 30 Sep 2018
16
7th
Two wisecracking cops battle their way through a hackneyed plot and Hollywood stereotypes to save America and restore the patriarchal order. Dire.
Rated 11 Jun 2016
50
9th
Equally stylish and stupid.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
28
5th
Ah, the very first Michael Bay film. It already demonstrates many of his trademarks: filler sections with cringeworthy 'comedic' dialogue, product placement and weird pop culture references, poor treatment of women, etc. There are some pretty decent action scenes (the ending car chase in particular stands out), and Will Smith and Téa Leoni are pretty good. (Martin Lawrence is awful and drags down almost every scene he's in.) It never reaches the lows of the wretched Transformers franchise.
Rated 10 Jun 2009
60
29th
No brains, but lots of braun.
Rated 17 Aug 2009
65
14th
This movie has action, funny dialogue, a good plot, but in the end it is just another run of the mill cops and robbers movie. Sure it may be funnier than most it still lacked any originality. One of Will Smith's breakthrough performances that led him to be taken as a action star seriously and look at him now, one of the A-list actors in Hollywood. Sorry Martin Lawrence you should have stuck with your TV show.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
85
58th
Fun action movie. One of a few Martin Lawrence movies I can watch...
Rated 18 Oct 2009
71
79th
The Beverly Hills Cop of the 90's. Whether you like it or not.
Rated 19 Feb 2010
1
10th
Terrible on every conceivable level with eye-roll inducing idiocy at every turn. Particularly infuriating is the artificially manufactured climax. Dudes, the airport is surrounded. There's no need for the "fast and furious" antics.
Rated 14 Mar 2010
70
46th
it surprised me
Rated 16 Mar 2010
81
39th
A solid buddy movie. The two leads have a good chemistry that helps this film over the 80 mark!
Rated 11 Jun 2024
46
21st
The action scenes are about what can be expected from nineties Bay, but the incessant bickering between the main characters is only funny sporadically and quickly overstays its welcome, to the point it makes it hard to believe that Lowery and Burnett are supposed to like each other.
Rated 25 Aug 2018
60
28th
Guilty pleasure
Rated 29 Mar 2015
48
17th
2.40/5
Rated 31 Aug 2010
25
43rd
High-octane entertainment in which smart dialogue alternates with frenetic action and large-scale destruction.
Rated 31 Aug 2010
54
70th
#90s#, story.
Rated 01 Sep 2010
70
43rd
The tough cop formula comes together reasonably well here.
Rated 11 Sep 2010
64
42nd
A fun buddy movie, full of laughs... I remember enjoying it; I'll have to watch it again and maybe up my rating of it. :)
Rated 31 Jul 2018
80
51st
Decent action and a good effort from Lawrence and Smith make this film mildly entertaining to watch. Filled with genre cliches it really does not stand out from the rest of the pack. A solid way to pass the time but do not expect anything groundbreaking or refreshing in this one.
Rated 24 Jan 2015
63
34th
The action is somewhat incoherent, but the cinematography is lush - although the blue/orange thing gets brought up a lot as a negative in filmmaking it looks fantastic. It's a shame the comedy hinges mostly on the Lawrence/Smith interplay, which there really isn't enough of, plus the identity-swap crutch never really gives us anything to enjoy. It's breezy, and skips along at a nice pace, but overall it's cookie-cutter cops and robbers stuff, with an ugly sheen of misogyny over all of it.
Rated 03 Dec 2014
80
79th
Bay's first is still one of his best. A highly enjoyable buddycop movie. Sure we can bicker about the stupid plot and other problems. But Smith and Lawrence have such great chemistry, it's easy to look past all that. Plus the action from a time Bay didn't rely on explosions every other second is also very enjoyable and well shot. I can't believe that in hindsight: Martin Lawrence actually had top billing over Will Smith in this.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
70
69th
tough nut, since we basically watched the shit out of this when it was fresh. today this would probably evoke nothing but the urge to regurgitate, but you know what? i'm not gonna find out.
Rated 29 Jun 2011
84
54th
Recomendable, la dos ni la miren..
Rated 25 Aug 2011
70
25th
It's like a buddy cop Freaky Friday. The dialogue gets a bit much at times, but that mid-90s Will Smith charisma and Michael Bay's talent for bombastic small-scale action keeps it entertaining.
Rated 03 Jun 2024
70
19th
Pretty good action. Chemistry between lead actors is great. Bit dated at this time but still a good watch.
Rated 10 Apr 2017
75
15th
It's alright as far as buddy cop films go. I suppose it could have been better. It certainly not anything like Lethal Weapon.
Rated 07 Apr 2012
60
13th
Unbelievable but entertaining.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
3
73rd
Decent action/comedy that has a weird nostalgia too it. I watched it when it came out, even then it seemed dated, like 48 Hours with even stranger fashion or something.
Rated 21 Aug 2012
75
52nd
Fun in a Bay way.

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