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  • Summary: Eighteen-year-old Matthew Kidman (Hirsch) is a straight-arrow over-achiever who has never really lived life, until he falls for his new neighbor, the beautiful and seemingly innocent Danielle (Cuthbert). When Matthew discovers this perfect "girl next door" is a one-time porn star, his sheltered existence begins to spin out of control. (20th Century Fox) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. Once in a very long while, a truly memorable romantic teen comedy comes along. The Girl Next Door is one.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The film is seamlessly made, its mood balanced dreamily between sexy-funny and sexy-scary.
  4. 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.
  5. 38
    Comes up short when things get serious, resorting to cliches and a whole lot of hooey about "moral fiber."
  6. 12
    This is a dishonest, quease-inducing "comedy" that had me feeling uneasy and then unclean. Who in the world read this script and thought it was acceptable?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 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 really fantastic and Elisha Cuthbert played the role so well. I highly recommend watching this film. Expand
  2. Bence
    Oct 28, 2005
    10
    This film is gourgeous!!!! This is in the "must see" category! And Elisha Cuthbert is beautiful.
  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! 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! Expand
  4. FinE
    Nov 30, 2006
    8
    Entertaining if not great. While Elisha Cuthbert does not come off as a true porn star, her charm and acting talents have been underrated. This lady has superb talent and a great future -- cf. 24, etc. Expand
  5. Jul 30, 2011
    7
    Wonderfully entertaining for the average teenager. That's it. Despite big-name stars, I found this gem to be lacking in depth but the comedy was enough to keep me entertained for the duration. Expand
  6. 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, as this movie started turning into a profane, uneasy porno. Thank god for the ending. Expand
  7. E.Cooper
    Mar 22, 2006
    0
    Truly one of the worst teen movies ever made.

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