Metascore
24

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. If physical appearance creates its own class system (in high school and beyond), then Qualls is perfect for this proselytizing role. He has that rarest of movie-star faces -- one that over comes the tyranny of beauty.
  2. The New Guy doesn't have a new idea in its head, but it trods over the old ground with such wit and heart that its lack of originality can be overlooked, if not entirely forgiven.
  3. A Jekyll-and-Hyde teen comedy that sounds like a Pauly Shore reject, but Qualls moves his marionette body around with a true clown's effervescence, and he does rubber-faced parodies of youth cool that are just what youth cool deserves.
  4. 50
    It makes little sense, fails as often as it succeeds, and yet is not hateful and is sometimes quite cheerfully original.
  5. Uneven but occasionally hilarious teen comedy.
  6. 40
    A comedy just funny enough to make viewers wish it were far funnier.
  7. 40
    A bad-taste comedy with a heart.
  8. It isn't very good, but it doesn’t seem to care, which turns out to be rather refreshing.
  9. Tries everything possible to win you over -- satire, gross-out comedy, even earnest romance. But as any high-schooler can tell you, the harder you try, the bigger you fall.
  10. You have to have faith that kids will recognize a bad movie when it's foisted on them -- and they don't get much worse than The New Guy.
  11. 25
    Anyone who wants to enjoy himself at a good movie about a high school geek who undergoes a transformation should go see "'Spider-Man" again instead.
  12. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    25
    Lame, haphazard teen comedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    25
    Probably would have worked better as a slamming soundtrack than as a muddle-headed movie.
  14. The slapdash comic flailing of screenwriter and TV scribe-turned-director Ed Decter is only compounded by a script so disconnected you have to wonder if pages were lost on the way to the set.
  15. 20
    Lame, derivative comedy.
  16. In an inspired bit of casting, Lyle Lovett plays the dad of the goofy-looking Diz/Gil. That these two could be related might be the only believable touch in this whole misfired thing.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    20
    Various actors deserving of better (including Zooey Deschanel, Eddie Griffin and Lyle Lovett) suffer through the undercooked material, while love interest Eliza Dushku gamely gets through both a bikini-modeling montage and a mechanical bull ride, but none of their efforts can save this film.
  18. Reaches breathtaking lows of incoherence, sexism, racial stereotyping, and -- did I say incoherence?
  19. An unintentional parody of every teen movie made in the last five years. Which can be the only rational explanation for making such a mess all over the screen.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    10
    Overall aroma of movie junk food.
  21. Feckless and crude without any particularly funny redeeming value. If there's anything more to this poor excuse of a movie than immediately meets the eye, I'll get back to you.
  22. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    0
    A particularly loathsome piece of cultural detritus, a trashy, crass piece of work that panders to the anxieties and desires of adolescents without a scintilla of sympathy or coherence.
  23. An ugly-duckling tale so hideously and clumsily told it feels accidental. Surely, no one PLANNED something this disastrously unfunny.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. Feb 8, 2012
    5
    This movie came out when I was 11 and I bet I would've totally enjoyed the hell out of it at that age but I'm 20 now and I just saw it. It'sThis movie came out when I was 11 and I bet I would've totally enjoyed the hell out of it at that age but I'm 20 now and I just saw it. It's just dumb but i do applaud it for it's over-the-topness, it's like a dumb comic book made into a movie. Full Review »
  2. Sep 7, 2011
    7
    A loveable high school comedy. It's not the funniest movie in the world, but it does make you laugh. I'm a sucker for good cameos, and thisA loveable high school comedy. It's not the funniest movie in the world, but it does make you laugh. I'm a sucker for good cameos, and this movie is chock full of them. My biggest complaint is the scene where the actors are miming to a funk song, and it shows the guitar pretend playing the bassline. Other than that, it is totally worth a watch. Full Review »
  3. EnzoP.
    Jul 9, 2009
    0
    Sure this movie was a huge laugh out loud but it was so stupid so I have to give it a big flat old zero.