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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 92
  2. Negative: 14 out of 92
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  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'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.
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24

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 40
    A comedy just funny enough to make viewers wish it were far funnier.