Will Smith’s Comeback All But Confirmed? Bad Boys: Ride or Die Early Reviews are Insanely Spectacular

The early reviews for Bad Boys: Ride or Die signal good times for Will Smith's career.



  • Will Smith had his career hanging by a thread after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
  • However, his first movie post-slap, Bad Boys: Ride or Die might save his career.
  • Receiving positive early reviews, the movie signals Smith is still a bankable star.
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Will Smith found himself at the receiving end of flak and hate when he slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in 2022. Ever since then, his career seems to have backtracked, and he has fallen from grace despite having apologized already. However, seeing the early reviews of Bad Boys: Ride or Die, the good times might have finally come back for the actor.

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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys: Ride or Die | Columbia Pictures

The fourth movie in the Bad Boys franchise, directed by the duo Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, the film is set to release this weekend. But its early reviews already suggest that it is a blockbuster waiting to happen, potentially signaling Will Smith’s comeback.

Will Smith’s Comeback Confirmed with Bad Boys: Ride or Die?

Will Smith in a still from Bad Boys
Will Smith in a still from the Bad Boys franchise | Columbia Pictures

The fourth installment in the buddy cop action comedy franchise, Bad Boys: Ride or Die brings back the celebrated duo of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Detective Lt. Michael Eugene Mike Lowrey and Detective Lt. Marcus Miles Burnett. The movie is directed by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, who also directed the franchise’s last installment, Bad Boys for Life.


After a tumultuous time in his career and personal life, Ride or Die is the first movie Smith shot after the infamous Oscar slap incident. And while the franchise is definitely back to take the viewers on yet another entertaining ride, it is truly Will Smith who is very much back in action.

As per the early reviews, Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie 69%, which is sure to fluctuate once the movie releases worldwide this weekend. However, the reviews elsewhere suggest the film might be a definite success. Also making a witty reference to the infamous slap incident, Variety describes the movie as tastier today than it has any right to be.

While USA Today described the movie as still at the top of its game and IGN states there’s so much to enjoy here. With the early reviews of the movie overwhelmingly positive (see X), there is a high chance that Will Smith might have redeemed his career with his fan-favorite franchise.


Bad Boys: Ride or Die Can Prove Instrumental to Will Smith’s Career

Will Smith in a still from Bad Boys for Life
Will Smith’s Bad Boys for Life might save his career [PC: Columbia Pictures]
Following the Oscar slap incident, it was reported that Will Smith’s Bad Boys: Ride or Die has been put on hold (see MovieWeb). There was a general anxiety about hiring the actor since the incident had caused quite a controversy that continues to surround Smith’s career. While the actor has since apologized and accepted his fault, many thought that it had signaled the end of Smith’s career.

While repercussions of the act can still be felt, things might change seeing the excellent reviews Bad Boys: Ride or Die has been receiving. LA Times described Smith’s performance despite the controversy as strangely ageless and unaffected and normal to watch him in this role, while ABC News stated Smith is very much back in his element.

With mostly positive reviews and several calling Smith and Lawrence’s chemistry infectious and entertaining to watch, it is for certain that if Bad Boys: Ride or Die does not bring back Smith’s career it will nonetheless leave a significant impact that might make his climb to fame a whole lot easier.


Bad Boys: Ride of Die will be in theatres on June 7, 2024.


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