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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: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  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. Jan 23, 2015
    9
    The movie is not so bad as the critics say. It's made for guilty pleasure and has those silly moments that get stuck in your head for days.The movie is not so bad as the critics say. It's made for guilty pleasure and has those silly moments that get stuck in your head for days. It's clearly one of those silly movies you watch once in a while just to have some fun and there's a lot of fun. JLo's acting is great on it. Expand
  5. Jan 23, 2015
    5
    Not nearly as bad as the critics would lead you to believe. J. Lo is solid in it, and the "boy next door" is actually not a bad actor. TheNot nearly as bad as the critics would lead you to believe. J. Lo is solid in it, and the "boy next door" is actually not a bad actor. The seduction and sex scenes are pretty hot, but it does ramp up to the crazy pretty quickly thereafter. Won't spoil anything here, but I will say that the total lack of post-climax resolution left me and my audience a little wanting. Certainly worth seeing if you're up for some classic stalker-type fare. Expand
  6. Jan 31, 2015
    5
    I saw the trailer for this before I saw Ouija a few months ago, and I said I would never watch it... guess that plan fell through. It wasn'tI saw the trailer for this before I saw Ouija a few months ago, and I said I would never watch it... guess that plan fell through. It wasn't completely horrible. The first 45 minutes were so unintentionally hilarious. I saw it with a couple friends, and we haven't laughed so hard during a movie in a while. The last 50 or so minutes is where the action picked up, and it got pretty intense for that. The acting is subpar, and the writing is atrocious, but it's an alright movie to waste 95 minutes on. Expand
  7. Jan 24, 2015
    0
    The Boy Next Door is a thriller without the thrills. Lopez's horrible performance and Ryan Guzman's lack of menace make for a film better leftThe Boy Next Door is a thriller without the thrills. Lopez's horrible performance and Ryan Guzman's lack of menace make for a film better left in the director's Closet Next Room. Expand

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