The Girl Next Door 2004

Critics score:
55 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune: Well matched with Cuthbert's nicely vulnerable performance, [Hirsch and Cuthbert] create a believable relationship on screen, despite the contrived nerd-meets-sexpot circumstances. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: It appears to not only be made for hormone-crazed adolescents, but by them. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: Emile Hirsch has the perfect stricken alertness, and Greenfield has a marvelous joker up his sleeve in Timothy Olyphant as Kelly, Danielle's quasi-pimp. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Risky Business, while cynical and salacious, also had style, charm and heart. The Girl Next Door is just nasty, loud and empty. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Sexy, silly, sappy and often just plain likeable. Read more

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: The whole thing is cheerfully engaging, thanks to inspired direction by Luke Greenfield. Read more

Janice Page, Boston Globe: Seems mainly about ripping off 1983's Risky Business without attribution. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: What is disturbing and frankly distasteful about The Girl Next Door is how slick and shameless it is in its eagerness to blur boundaries, to squeeze as much transgressive material as it can into a nominally bland and innocent form. Read more

Houston Chronicle: Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Cuthbert provides a great deal of heart to this alternately lewd and chaste lark. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Contrived from the start but gets better as it goes along. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: At this stage in Hollywood history, any teen movie that doesn't involve flying body fluids deserves some kind of commendation. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: The plot is carelessly cobbled from dozens of previous teen flicks, with needless episodes added as space fillers. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: We're a world away here from the crass (if not unenjoyable) slapstick antics of the American Pie series and closer to a sensitivity and nostalgia for all things awkwardly adolescent reminiscent of Cameron Crowe. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: The whole movie is a fantasy, of course, but one that seems determined from the start to undermine our suspension of disbelief. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: The picture feels fresh and audacious thanks to its smart script and sassy cast. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: This funny, surprising gem joins the ranks of Risky Business and Say Anything. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: A lumpy blend of sweet teen romance and naughty, R-rated prurience, this comedy follows the improbable relationship between a high school senior and a former porn star. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: The film is like a hooker dressed up as a lady: It wants to pretend it has class. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Unlike American Pie, it does not rely upon bawdy antics and bodily fluids. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: This is a dishonest, quease-inducing 'comedy' that had me feeling uneasy and then unclean. Read more

Charles Taylor, The American male hypocrisy toward sexually active women in general -- and porn in particular -- is at the center of the new comedy The Girl Next Door. Unfortunately, instead of being the movie's target, it's the subtext. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The movie captures, on the most basic level of tone and attitude, what it feels like to be a teenager, a teenage boy in particular. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: While not by any reasonable standard a great movie ... The Girl Next Door is a totally tasty one, a surprise treat concocted from only the most familiar mass-market ingredients. Read more

Time Out: Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: If you think the idea of taking a porn star to your prom is funny (and I plead guilty), here's your movie. Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety: Plays like a late-night channel-surf through soft-core sitcoms, American Pie wannabes and '80s Brat Pack romances. Read more

Jessica Winter, Village Voice: Of course, once Danielle has awakened Matthew's inner party animal, the girl next door becomes a mere bystander to her neighbor's various wacky rescue ops. Read more