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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 33
  2. Negative: 21 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 21, 2015
    67
    Plenty of credit is due to Barbara Curry’s deranged script, set in a suburban fantasyland of doofus bullies, junior proms, and middle-class sex fears; it probably isn’t meant to be a Verhoeven satire, but it sure moves like one.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jan 22, 2015
    50
    It will also make them laugh. Intentionally or not, director Rob Cohen (“Alex Cross”) has put together the most hilarious camp classic since “White House Down” (2013).
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Feb 23, 2015
    40
    Props to director Rob Cohen for making a gender-flipped 'Fatal Attraction’. But The Boy Next Door really should be a lot juicier.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jan 22, 2015
    37
    The Boy Next Door plays best as unintentional comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Jan 21, 2015
    30
    The film’s initial formulaic competence gives way to outright preposterousness rather quickly, hinging on idiot-plot character motivations.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 23, 2015
    25
    It's a thriller, if the term can be applied to an inept, perfunctory movie with more laughs than thrills — and it only has a couple laughs. Let's call it an attempted thriller and an inadvertent comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jan 22, 2015
    0
    A limp psychosexual thriller that takes a promisingly trashy conceit... and does absolutely nothing with it, and saddles it with wooden performances, poor staging, and a complete lack of conviction. It reaches a nearly operatic level of ineptitude.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Jan 23, 2015
    10
    I read unfounded criticism, even and especially from critical specialists of film, and I'm laughing. It is above all the prejudices they have,I read unfounded criticism, even and especially from critical specialists of film, and I'm laughing. It is above all the prejudices they have, rather than an intellectual reflection in several stages. I have to say that the films with small budgets are not the worst, they rely on the actors and the characters they have interpreted.
    Jennifer Lopez has been for many (and for me) a good actress, especially playing at least naturally, and that is not afraid of "not wrong" to me it plays much better than some actresses "confirmed". It is amazing, I loved "U Turn," "The Cell," "Money Train", "Out of Sight," "Selena" and even "Parker" (the big mistake is the story), even his comedies romantic as "Maid In Manhattan", and I find that in "The Boy Next Door" is even better, it's really beautiful, the story is complete, and there is many intrigues.
    I must say I do knew by Ryan Guzman and it is not bad at all, pretty good for being there for a few years. For other actors it is very convincing too, thank you Rob Cohen, very good director ! I hope this film will be successful.
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  2. Jan 24, 2015
    10
    This is the best movie ever made! If all the reviewers think it's trash, then it's obviously good! It's a great idea for a movie becauseThis is the best movie ever made! If all the reviewers think it's trash, then it's obviously good! It's a great idea for a movie because this stuff actually could happen, does happen, and it's awesome and real. It also flips gender roles so it should get Oscar consideration. And J.Lo is still relevant. I mean, come on. Expand
  3. Jan 23, 2015
    10
    I was surprised when I saw critic's reaction on this movie. It really isn't bad. Actually it is a fun movie to watch, and has many funnyI was surprised when I saw critic's reaction on this movie. It really isn't bad. Actually it is a fun movie to watch, and has many funny moments that made everyone in the room take some good laugh. Definitely going it see it again tomorrow. Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2015
    9
    Bom, é um bom filme, porém uma história MUITO batida e fraca, esse foi o ruim do filme, uma coisa muito forçada esse "garoto", fujindoBom, é um bom filme, porém uma história MUITO batida e fraca, esse foi o ruim do filme, uma coisa muito forçada esse "garoto", fujindo totalmente da realidade Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2015
    5
    There is no doubt that parts of this film will thrill. Whether that's the story crafted by Barbara Curry or the direction from Rob Cohen. It'sThere is no doubt that parts of this film will thrill. Whether that's the story crafted by Barbara Curry or the direction from Rob Cohen. It's not awards-caliber filmmaking, but it's not all bad here. And don't underestimate Jennifer Lopez. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2015
    5
    What is it with "people from the street" feigning intellectual? First, it was Mark Wahlberg in "Gambler," now it's Jennifer Lopez as a highWhat is it with "people from the street" feigning intellectual? First, it was Mark Wahlberg in "Gambler," now it's Jennifer Lopez as a high school classics teacher. The titular boy (Ryan Guzman), who's physically hot and mentally unstable, develops a possessive obsession with her. This plot is so overworked that I was sometimes calling the shots as they happened. To make matters worse, there are glaring lapses of logic. Still, director Rob Cohen manages to keep it interesting, although entirely forgettable. Expand
  7. Jun 27, 2015
    0
    There is no redeeming qualities in this movie it is complete garbage. All the performances are terrible, the script is terrible, and theThere is no redeeming qualities in this movie it is complete garbage. All the performances are terrible, the script is terrible, and the directing is terrible. Easily the worst film I've seen all year. F Expand

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