Overwhelming dislike - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 11 out of 15
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  1. 0
    90 minutes of ridiculous, silly fun. Of course, it's still a very bad movie.
  2. 38
    Tawdry, trashy yawn-fest that makes the viewer long for the days when bad girls were dangerous dames with sultry style.
  3. 0
    This movie could have easily been shot as porn, a transition that would have given it a modicum of respectability and, better still, true social purpose.
  4. Struggles awkwardly to bring a twist or two to its hoary class-conscious story line, aiming for a subtlety in character development that's smothered by excessive kitsch and kink.
  5. Seems to exist solely to prove there is something beneath the bottom of the barrel.
  6. Preposterous collegiate drama that exists simply to show pretty girls kissing, pretty boys undressing and pretty people of every sexual orientation drinking, doing drugs and otherwise wreaking postadolescent havoc.
  7. Great trash, one of those mediocre movies that in its own crass way is more enjoyable than most things that get nominated for Oscars.
  8. Confidently directed and elegantly designed, this smart drama is sensitive, sympathetic and refreshingly free of glib moralizing.
  9. 10
    A lurid, unsavory mix of Reefer Madness hysteria, drive-in sleaze, and the queasy morality of '80s slasher film.
  10. Calls itself a movie. It has words and pictures like a movie, and will appear in theatres like a movie, and will damn sure charge admission like a movie. But, truth be told, that's pretty much where the resemblance stops.
  11. A preposterous, prurient whodunit.
  12. 40
    The film isn't even enjoyably sleazy: It's just dumb and tacky.
  13. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Obvious and exploitative even by low-bar youthpic standards.
  14. Clearly the product of an editing-room scramble, New Best Friend is a self-lambasting farce, despite Kirshner's passionate college try at establishing a third dimension in a brain-dead movie flatland.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. KatM.
    Mar 5, 2007
    A very good movie which is terribly under-rated. I do not understand why this movie got so many bad reviews. I loved the dynamic between the A very good movie which is terribly under-rated. I do not understand why this movie got so many bad reviews. I loved the dynamic between the two main characters Hadley (Meredith Monroe, Dawsons Creek) and Alicia (Mia Kirshner, The L Word). Hadley is a self absorbed rich brat who has everything she wants except her father's attention. Alicia is hard working student who dreams of being a lawyer. These two are polar opposites. However, when Alicia gets involved with Hadley and her clique, she starts to become someone else. Alicia not only warms up to Hadley's boyfriend Trevor, but also seems to recieve attention from Hadley's father. In a jealous rage, Hadley switches party mix with 100% pharmaceutical grade cocaine. Alicia thinking she's snorting the fake stuff O.D.'s from the real thing. Taye Diggs is the sheriff who is investigating Hadley, Julianne (Rachel True, The Craft), and Sidney (Dominique Swain, Toxic) on how Alicia O.D.ed. The only reason I did not give this movie a 10 is because some points in the movie were practically predictable. Other than that I thought it to be a very good movie. Full Review »