Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Jan 17, 2014
    75
    G.B.F. has been unfairly slapped with an R rating, but the film is about as scandalous as a "Glee" episode. It's suitable for young teenage girls, who apparently are far more at ease with the times than the homophobic folks at the MPAA. Don't let their rating fool you: The movie may be thoroughly modern, yet it's old-fashioned, too.
  2. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    Jan 16, 2014
    75
    It’s cheery but still has a bit of a bite, makes a point without ever being too preachy and features a litany of quotable lines with a cleverness not seen since “Heathers.”
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 6, 2014
    75
    The film, lensed in appealing candy-striped colors, has so much fun exploding stereotypes and radiates with such infectious comic gusto and genuine good nature, that it would be almost churlish to resist its charms.
  4. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Here's to hoping lax multiplex security allows teenagers to sneak in to this very funny and thoughtful take on how straights often objectify queers — and how increased visibility in the media can result in an expectation to conform to stereotypes.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Jan 14, 2014
    70
    Northy’s script sometimes ventures too far into cartoon territory, but its best aspect is the way it turns high-school groupthink on its head.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jan 6, 2014
    70
    Genially cartoonish but also rather sweet.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 23, 2014
    63
    G.B.F., which concludes with a clumsy parody of the prom climax from “Carrie,’’ offers an admirable message of tolerance for teen audiences — too bad it’s been absurdly saddled with an R rating, even though there’s far less innuendo than in “Easy A.’’
  8. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jan 17, 2014
    63
    Once this self-consciously campy fairy tale stops trying so hard to emulate every high-school comedy and TV show from the past 30 years and relaxes into a stream of clever repartee and amusing situations, it eventually offers enough LOL opportunities to deserve a passing grade.
  9. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    The joke wears a bit thin and performances vary: this isn’t as slick as the teen movies it draws from, such as ‘Clueless’ and ‘Mean Girls’. But an original premise and earnest tone go a long way.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 23, 2014
    60
    The subject matter calls for ruthless observation, but his candy-colored pop vision has more in common with “Glee” than, say, “Heathers.” He’s aiming for a stinging WTF, but winds up with a fairly mild LOL.
  11. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 16, 2014
    60
    Until being young and gay is a nonissue for everyone everywhere, these kinds of stories will always have their place.
  12. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 6, 2014
    50
    Despite a premise with broad appeal and a script boasting plenty of laughs among its misfires, the high school fable falters.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 23, 2014
    30
    Unlike such forerunners as “Clueless” and “Mean Girls,” however, this movie, doesn’t have a believable moment in it.
  14. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 24, 2014
    25
    I guess I’ve seen worse teen sex comedies, but it’s rare to encounter one this stupid.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 28, 2014
    8
    Finally got a chance to watch this after seeing how well it performed on rotten tomato, and I gotta admit it's a really funny movie! JustFinally got a chance to watch this after seeing how well it performed on rotten tomato, and I gotta admit it's a really funny movie! Just imagine John Hughes directing a movie with a gay protagonist. The writing is really fresh, giving a fun satire on high school culture and how gay kids are often viewed. It's a very exaggerated universe and the actors pull off the comedy very well, especially Xosha Roquemore who I've only seen in a small part in Precious but she is a great comedian (and sexy to boot). I hope more people get a chance to see this through word of mouth. Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2014
    6
    A light and fluffy gay/teen comedy that is sporadically amusing even if after a while it seems to be a one note joke. The cast inject bags ofA light and fluffy gay/teen comedy that is sporadically amusing even if after a while it seems to be a one note joke. The cast inject bags of energy in to the proceedings and the production is certainly colourful, in every sense of he word. To get the most out of the screenplay it is imperative that you have an understanding of teen/gay jargon. If you don't the film just doesn't play. If you do you may very well love it. Full Review »