Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
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  1. If these repugnant people were really your friends and neighbors, your time would be more profitably spent reading the real estate listings than the movie reviews. But for 1 1/2 hours in a darkened theater, the derailment of their unhealthy emotions makes for one compulsively watchable train wreck.
  2. The cast is OK, and LaBute still has an eye, but the uses they're put to seem contrived and arty.
  3. The mood is often more coarse, crude, and nasty than needed to make his cautionary points and also by that "distancing effect," which diminishes whatever feelings of empathy or sympathy the story might otherwise inspire in its audience.
  4. 50
    In Your Friends and Neighbors, LeBute is having a high old time giving himself the creeps. For the rest of us it's all kind of...well...nasty.
  5. It once again confuses a kind of juvenile titillation with insight and treats the ability to make audiences squirm as a pinnacle of film art.
  6. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    50
    LaBute has made a comedy this time around, but it's not so much black as simply bleak.
  7. 50
    LaBute's attempt to follow in the footsteps of Restoration comedy is undercut by the fact that his dialogue is only fitfully funny, and you can't help but feel soured by the flat, ritualistic look of the action. The one enlivening performance comes, surprisingly, from Jason Patric.
  8. The performances are so monotonic that you understand depicting authentic humanity is not the writer-director's goal: Each character has been reduced to a single unpleasant primal trait from which deviation is not permitted.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    May 25, 2007
    7
    "Your Friends and Neighbors" is "Husbands and Wives" with gay husbands and lesbian wives. Conditioned over the years by countless films that "Your Friends and Neighbors" is "Husbands and Wives" with gay husbands and lesbian wives. Conditioned over the years by countless films that depict heterosexual relationships, an alternative sexual orientation makes us aware that we unintentionally efface the possibility of latent homosexuality in seemingly straight people. When Terri(Catherine Keener) weeps over her husband's infidelity, it may strike a false note for many viewers(including me) because in most films, the woman is crying over her cheatin' man. Even though Terri is having an affair with Cheri(Nastassja Kinski), an art assistant she met at a museum, we still hold on to our orthodox preconceptions about ideal love(as it's presented in the movies; the love between a man and a woman), and that Terri does has some hidden resevoir of feelings for Jerry(Ben Stiller), a man we thought she abhorred. But late in "Your Friends and Neighbors", Terri tells Jerry(who slept with his best friend's wife) that her affair is more honorable because she "...had the decency to f***** outside their social circle." She seems to be obliquely making reference to Mary(Amy Brenneman), who oddly enough, is the one person who never meets Terri's girlfriend. Terri was probably crying over an unrequited love for Mary. She and her husband have the same taste in women. Full Review »