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Boys (1996)



Critic Consensus: Winona Ryder's femme fatale proves to be a blank cipher in Boys, a mystery with an intriguing hook that quickly fizzles into teenage ennui.

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Movie Info

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.


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
Spencer Vrooman
as John Murphy
Andy Davis
as Jonathan Marco
James Le Gros
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 (27) | Top Critics (12)

Stacy Cochran wrote and directed and I fell asleep.

November 22, 2017 | Full Review…

As vague and unfocused as its title.

January 14, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

January 14, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

January 14, 2011 | Full Review…

Writer/director Cochran is stronger on capturing the texture surrounding her characters' converging experiences than making much of it when they do get together.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

A small, cramped film about an aimless woman in her mid-20s who becomes involved with an innocent prep school student.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boys


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 film is one of those unfortunates that would have been great, but just didn't. Great music regardless!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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