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. 75
    Builds up enough good will during its successful first half that we're willing to forgive some of the strange and disappointing convolutions the plot takes us through during the final 45 minutes.
  2. Once in a very long while, a truly memorable romantic teen comedy comes along. The Girl Next Door is one.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    A mildly satirical but essentially sweet, benign comedy.
  4. An exceptionally well-written script, full of unexpected turns and clever reversals, and a trio of deft actors in the principal roles.
  5. Best of all, in this movie about high school boys, the high school boys sound and look quite authentic (Paul Dano and Chris Marquette are outstanding in this regard), not watered down as would be the norm.
  6. An entertaining affair whose wild-card creativity never ceases to surprise.
  7. "Risky Business" had a great opening act and then descended into contrivances. This genial cardboard knockoff is contrived from the start but gets better as it goes along.
  8. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    67
    A pleasant surprise. It's not without its problems, but it's character-driven, funny and, if not dark, then at least a pleasant shade of gray -- with tremendous performances by Hirsch and Olyphant.
  9. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    63
    In the end it's not the tricks that elevate this movie. It's the acting.
  10. Though shamelessly derivative and amoral, The Girl Next Door is nevertheless funnier and smarter than most of the pathetic dreck aimed at the nation's teens.
  11. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    63
    The film's lack of focus leaves most, if not all, of the characters just a hair less developed than they should have been; the plot holes just a bit more conspicuous than they might have been; and the ending just a touch less poignant than it could have been.
  12. The mainstream prominence of pornography gets a shove forward with the teen comedy, The Girl Next Door, an improbably-not-terrible teen sex comedy.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 124 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 »