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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, hisEighteen-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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  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. 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. 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.
  5. The Girl Next Door is to "Risky Business" what near-beer is to beer. If you're desperate for a mild buzz, you might make it do.
  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 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. 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!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. 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 theWonderfully 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, 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. Expand
  7. E.Cooper
    Mar 22, 2006
    0
    Truly one of the worst teen movies ever made.

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