Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    60
    It's got everything the genre calls for – boppy music, cute boys, cute girls, lots of sexual lingo, and most importantly, laughs.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    A tickle-and-tease teen sex comedy that plays like a late-night channel-surf through soft-core sitcoms, "American Pie" wannabes and '80s Brat Pack romances.
  3. 60
    It sputters whenever it has to move the story along, and it too often forgets to pay attention to Cuthbert; it makes a point about the mistake of treating women as sex objects, but it's perfectly content to use her as a plot device for the second and third acts.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The film is seamlessly made, its mood balanced dreamily between sexy-funny and sexy-scary.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Russon
    60
    It has managed, admirably, to strike a balance between the wholesome 'school nerd blossoms' fairy tale and the gross-out comedy that is now a teen movie standard.
  6. 50
    Begins with the same deathless question that has bedeviled generations of teenagers: how to fill the space allotted to graduating seniors for memories and shout-outs at the back of their yearbook?
  7. Olyphant steals the show as a cheeky porn producer. The rest is gimmicky and predictable, except for a clever surprise near the end.
  8. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    50
    The film has a certain easygoing charm, choppiness notwithstanding, and delivers several big laughs; if leads Cuthbert and Hirsch were as charismatic as scene-stealing supporting players Olyphant and Marquette, it might have joined the ranks of memorable teen comedies.
  9. Until Hollywood stops being a boys club, and America graduates beyond short pants and its embarrassingly pubescent attitudes toward sex, I suppose one can only hope that all male adolescent fantasies will play as goofily sweet as this one.
  10. What is disturbing and frankly distasteful about The Girl Next Door is how slick and shameless it is in its eagerness to blur boundaries, to squeeze as much transgressive material as it can into a nominally bland and innocent form, to serve up a benign, sanitized and exquisitely titillating portrait of the world of pornography in the cozy sheep's clothing of a teenage movie.
  11. 40
    Lost the friskiness and wildness and charm the movie might have had.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    This was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time and it really thought me to treat women with more respect. The characters were reallyThis was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time and it really thought me to treat women with more respect. The characters were really fantastic and Elisha Cuthbert played the role so well. I highly recommend watching this film. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    6
    The Girl Next Door is diverting entertainment, keeping your attention for only as long as you want to watch. The final third is relieving, asThe Girl Next Door is diverting entertainment, keeping your attention for only as long as you want to watch. The final third is relieving, as this movie started turning into a profane, uneasy porno. Thank god for the ending. Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2013
    9
    This should be the model by which all other teenage comedies are judged by. This is one of the funniest and coolest movies I have ever seen!This should be the model by which all other teenage comedies are judged by. This is one of the funniest and coolest movies I have ever seen! It's that old classic tale about the loser kid in school who becomes popular when he stars dating the hot girl who moves in next door...and oh by the way...that girl just happens to be a porn star! Emile Hirsch is amazing in this movie. Not to give anything away, but there is one scene near the end where he's at an awards dinner, he's been looking forward to, that's just classic! Timothy Olyphant is amazing as always, I think he went to the John Malcovich school of how to be the perfect movie villain. I loved this movie and you will too! Full Review »