Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 8, 2014
    100
    What makes Neighbors exceptional, rather than merely great, is its successful attempt to reinvent the studio comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    100
    Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 9, 2014
    91
    Neighbors is one of the funniest, most visually inventive studio comedies in recent memory.
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    May 6, 2014
    90
    Nicholas Stoller's hilarious Neighbors splashes into summer with the satisfying swish-plop-hooray of a winning beer pong serve.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 8, 2014
    88
    It’s a party where we want to stay, until we’re dragged out kicking and screaming.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 8, 2014
    83
    There's a subtle wisdom to this screenplay that complements its exceedingly bad taste, small lessons among the laughs.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    May 7, 2014
    83
    Speaking in her native Aussie twang, Byrne shows that she's a deadpan comic ace. And thanks to her chemistry with Rogen, Neighbors proves that just because you grow up doesn't mean you have to be a grown-up.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 8, 2014
    80
    This raunchy unrooting of a settled suburban idyll exposes the considerable angst of emerging adulthood with a kind of scatological fervor designed to elicit oodles of inappropriate laughs. It succeeds.
  9. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    May 8, 2014
    80
    Byrne, who played a tightly wound control freak to perfection in "Bridesmaids," here gets a chance to bust loose. In a late sequence where she frantically spearheads a multipart mission to bring down Delta Psi from the inside, Byrne makes you wish someone would write a big, broad, raunchy comedy just for her.
  10. Reviewed by: Amon Warmann
    May 8, 2014
    80
    The fraternity versus parents premise is a decidedly simple one, but the surprising amount of depth to the characters helps mine it for all its worth.
  11. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 6, 2014
    80
    You’ll laugh if you’re young, you’ll laugh if you’re old.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    May 5, 2014
    80
    A heated, hysterical battle between Apatow smarts and Animal House smirks. Subtlety takes a hazing, but humour emerges with honours.
  13. Reviewed by: Ashley Clark
    Apr 29, 2014
    80
    After a shaky start, Bad Neighbours blossoms, with inspired visual gags in excellent poor taste.
  14. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    Very funny at the outset and escalating steadily for most of its brisk running time, the film represents a big win for neophyte screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    In its current state, Neighbors is filthy, nasty and a bit too sloppy. But it’ll scrub up lovely.
  16. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    May 9, 2014
    75
    The result is a funny and raucously lewd comedy fueled with enough penis jokes to keep an actual fraternity in stitches for a trimester.
  17. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 9, 2014
    75
    Too many comedies have become routine and predictable - qualities that don't enhance the potential for good laughs. Neighbors retains sufficient spontaneity to give it a fresh, lively feel.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 8, 2014
    75
    Neighbors is the "Animal House" for an era in which food fights seem quaint.
  19. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 8, 2014
    75
    Neighbors is funny for all 96 of its minutes, not counting the credits, and it contains the single best sight gag of the year so far. (We're talking laugh-out-loud funny and then laugh again later, just thinking about it.)
  20. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 8, 2014
    75
    About 40 percent of Neighbors falls flat. About 60 percent made me laugh hard, even when I knew I should have known better.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 8, 2014
    75
    You expect hardcore hilarity from Neighbors, and you get it. It's the nuance that sneaks up on you.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 8, 2014
    75
    The crassly funny, not entirely irrelevant comedy Neighbors represents something of a watershed: the moment when all those Judd Apatow bad boys tremble on the edge of maturity, look back, and see the soulless face of a younger generation gaining on them. The face belongs to Zac Efron.
  23. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 8, 2014
    75
    Efron makes you believe he’s capable of anything. Neighbors is rude, brazen and merrily offensive, and the movie mines the homoerotic undertones of fraternities to fine (if lowbrow) comic effect. But Efron, of all people, gives the film a curious edge.
  24. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 8, 2014
    75
    One part smart, one part stupid and three parts jokes about body parts, the extremely raunchy Neighbors is a strange success story.
  25. 70
    That very unknowability, which hampered so many Efron performances in the past, turns out to be his most humanizing trait, and Neighbors’ secret weapon.
  26. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 8, 2014
    70
    Neighbors is not the classic raunchy comedy it wants to be, but it certainly isn't for lack of trying. And when it's funny, it's really funny. Just not as often as one might hope.
  27. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 8, 2014
    70
    Neighbors is not a great film and does not really aspire to be. It is more a status report on mainstream American movie comedy, operating in a sweet spot between the friendly and the nasty, and not straining to be daring, obnoxious or even especially original. It knows how to have fun. How very grown-up.
  28. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    May 6, 2014
    70
    While it’s occasionally distasteful, it’s an engaging hangout film from beginning to end, thanks to its game performances and smart direction.
  29. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Mar 10, 2014
    70
    Lewder, weirder, louder, leaner, meaner and more winningly stupid than anything its director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen have ever been involved with before, frat comedy Neighbors boasts an almost oppressive volume of outrageous gags.
  30. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    May 7, 2014
    67
    Trouble is, Neighbors rarely exploits its generational war of attrition for big laughs or true insight. And despite a couple of puerile gags, it often feels as domesticated (and fatigued) as its main characters.
  31. 63
    Rogen’s always a dominating presence, but the doll-like Australian actress, who showed her comic chops in "Bridesmaids," comes close to stealing the movie here, in an uncorked performance full of volatile, liberating mischief.
  32. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    May 9, 2014
    63
    No one holds the screen like Mac and Kelly’s big-eyed darling of a daughter, played by twins Elise and Zoey Vargas.
  33. 63
    The fun is supposed to build from the elaborate plots the marrieds and the bros engage in to foil each other. Only, it doesn’t.
  34. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 9, 2014
    60
    Can it be considered a comic masterpiece on the same level as "Animal House," that mother of frat-house comedies? Not by a long shot.
  35. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    May 5, 2014
    60
    A few big laughs but weakly drawn characters mean a film that is enjoyable enough in the moment but then quickly forgotten.
  36. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 3, 2014
    60
    Genres don’t come much more formulaic than frat-house comedy, and nobody, in this fair-to-fine example, feels like rocking the boat.
  37. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 9, 2014
    50
    It’s gross, all right, but rarely funny – unless jokes about alcohol-laced breast milk is your thing.
  38. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 8, 2014
    50
    Tries anything for a gross-out laugh — but feels oh-so-familiar
  39. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 8, 2014
    50
    Just a string of ludicrous excuses to get from one outrageous comedy set-piece to the next.
  40. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 8, 2014
    50
    A shaggy, baggy collegiate comedy that is less a coherent movie than a loosely assembled series of lewd jokes and punishing slapstick routines.
  41. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 8, 2014
    50
    A central problem: Efron isn’t funny.
  42. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    May 7, 2014
    50
    The promo materials implore viewers to vote either #TeamFrat or #TeamFamily on Twitter, though the audience is way more likely to be split between #TeamPecEfron and #TeamByrneBoobsplosion.
  43. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 9, 2014
    42
    Neighbors makes "Animal House" look like "Remembrances of Things Past."
  44. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    May 7, 2014
    40
    Amusing enough, but weirdly joyless.
  45. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 8, 2014
    20
    Neighbors stakes its claim in suburban-property cliches. Given the dull, stale results, maybe the end of the world was a better fit.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 266 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 74
  2. Negative: 19 out of 74
  1. May 9, 2014
    9
    Neighbors is just undeniably laugh out loud funny, it is hell-a- arious . If you are going in expecting a typical R rated comedy you are going in blind and that's good for you. If you did not watch the trailers and you are going in blind that is great for you, because every minute in this movie either has a joke or is sweet. Everyone in this movie did a great job, Seth Rogen plays like every Seth Rogen in a movie which is really fun to watch, Rose Byrne is actually very funny in this movie and HOT. Zac Efron is the one Disney lead that did not ruin his life and apparently his movie career is going up and I am happy for him he was so funny in this movie, he can be goofy and douche perfectly well! Apparently this movie is a step forward in its genre, it is unforgettable, hilarious and just so well made I highly recommend it to everyone! Just go see it and you'll know why! Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2014
    0
    The baby was the best actor. To much dick humor, Crude unrealistic plot. Lot of jokes I have seen in other movies played out over and over again. Nothing new, nothing creative. Waste of time. Full Review »
  3. May 12, 2014
    2
    Did I watch the same movie as everyone else? I'm sorry, but I can't laugh at scenes that make no sense. I'm too busy questioning the actions of these characters to care about what's going on in the story. Why do these parents even care about their noisy neighbors? They love partying, doing drugs, and leaving their infant child home alone. Why would these parents care if their baby can't sleep? They are already having intercourse in front of the child... Also, why would a police officer rat out a neighbor that filed a noise complaint? Why would someone dry hump a bush sculptor of a person bent over to get rid of it? Just cut it down! It's like an 8 year old wrote this script. I found myself asking constantly, "Why is this happening?" I must have missed the part where I was suppose to laugh. I was expecting to find a funny clever film like This is the End... Oh, how wrong I was. Good job everyone. You fooled me into paying a lot of money to see this garbage. The joke's on me. Full Review »