Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic 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.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Nov 25, 2014
    2
    Although disturbing, the viewer does NOT make any sense out of it. It is pointless, with a vulnerable screenplay, performances and direction.Although disturbing, the viewer does NOT make any sense out of it. It is pointless, with a vulnerable screenplay, performances and direction. The Girl Next Door is does disappoint, with no, what's so ever, explanation behind what was going on. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2014
    0
    vile and disgusting film that never should have been made. If you like this film then there is something very wrong with you.It isn't scary orvile and disgusting film that never should have been made. If you like this film then there is something very wrong with you.It isn't scary or cool or interesting. It's a true story about something very very horrible that happened to an innocent young girl. There is absolutely no reason for this film to have been made. I'm pretty sure that watching something like this could cause permanent emotional damage to someone. And just so you know I like shock horror films. The more disgusting and disturbing the better. I try to find films that are as horrible as possible, but this film crosses the line. This isn't a horror film, this is a realistic snuff film that could only appeal to people that enjoy the pain and suffering of others. Normally I would read a review like this and watch the film right away, but I am warning you that you will not enjoy this film and you will regret ever seeing it. Full Review »
  3. Oct 18, 2014
    7
    Two main flaws make the film way less shocking (and good) than the book: the way the movie was directed, in which the director didn't mindTwo main flaws make the film way less shocking (and good) than the book: the way the movie was directed, in which the director didn't mind excluding essential parts of the book in order to get to the good stuff (the girl's torture),which made it all the harder to enjoy. And the child actors who were HORRIBLY unconvincing (except for the two sisters). The highlight to the film though, is Blanche Baker who was the most interesting character of the film. Full Review »