Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics What's this?

User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Based on the best-selling novel by Jack Ketchum, this film deals with the fictionalized account of the 1965 true story of Sylvia Likens's brutal torture, rape and abuse in the basement of a family member's Indiana home. (Moderncine)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. 75
    Neither Ketchum nor the filmmakers take an exploitative approach to the material; their focus is the way the youngsters' petty cruelty erupts into murderous sadism.
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    The result is a great-looking bore.
  3. Gregory M. Wilson, the film’s director, has made the kind of movie that makes you wish you could rinse your brain in bleach, to wash all traces of it from your memory.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    20
    Any resonance from that real-life atrocity gets smothered by a script that interlaces clichéd dialogue so tightly as to block out any glint of recognizable human behavior.
  5. 12
    If there is anything positive in The Girl Next Door, it is the brave performance by Auffarth, who is in her early 20s. Other than that, there's little reason to see the movie. Unless, of course, you get off on watching the sexual exploitation of underage girls.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    8
    This is a faithfull and solid adaption of Jack Ketchum's brutal masterpiece, which was based on a true story. Could be deeper, but satisfying nonetheless Not for the squeamish. Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    8
    This movie is scaryâ
  3. Jun 3, 2013
    5
    A well-meaning movie with a message that got lost somewhere in the exploitative abuse, wooden performances, average script and poor character development. Blythe Auffarth doesn't make a very convincing 14 year old either. This movie would've been better served concentrating more on the characters and their motives and less on "gee, what can we do today to Meg!" Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2013
    5
    The transition from harsh abuse to sheer sadism and an exploitative exhibition of abuse with limited "entertainment" value. There is little to recommend the film, those with a morbid curiosity may wish to take a look as part of a self-endurance test. Prizes on the way out. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2013
    4
    Jack Ketchum's 1989 novel and the subsequent film are based on one of the most infamous sex crimes in American history. The crime was truly horrific, unfortunately the film is equally as bad. The story is about a young girl who is living with a relative for the summer, a twisted and evil relative, who not only abuses the girl, but allows the neighborhood children to take advantage of her as well. The story is more than a little disturbing, but it's made worse by a film that is ridiculously tedious and boring. This story was much too straight forward and simplistic to make for a good movie, especially when they're choosing to focus on the crime itself. The one bright spot in this movie is soap actor, Daniel Manche. I'd never even heard of him prior to this film, but he was really great. It's a shame this film was so bad and cost him the recognition he deserved, but this kid was on target and really displayed the emotions that the viewers were feeling. There is another film about this crime, which focuses specifically on the ensuing trial resulting from the crime. It's called An American Crime, and while I already know the outcome, I have to see it, because it stars one of my favorite actors, Jeremy Sumpter. I can only hope that that film is more interesting than this one was. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2013
    4
    "The Girl Next Door" was a horrifying movie to watch. The sadistic torture of a girl was truly just disturbing. But there's nothing quite interesting about the film other than what kind of torture they can do to the girl. There's not much reason to watch this movie and I won't recommend you to do so. Expand

See all 9 User Reviews

Trailers