• R, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Luke Greenfield
  • In Theaters:    Apr 9, 2004 Wide
  • On DVD:    Aug 24, 2004
  • 20th Century Fox

The Girl Next Door Reviews


Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006


Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
July 21, 2005

Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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April 17, 2004

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.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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April 12, 2004

Risky Business, while cynical and salacious, also had style, charm and heart. The Girl Next Door is just nasty, loud and empty.

Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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April 9, 2004

Nothing in this film makes any sense, and Stuart Blumberg, David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg's script merely gets more preposterous as it elaborates on its implausible premise.

Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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April 9, 2004

The picture feels fresh and audacious thanks to its smart script and sassy cast.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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April 9, 2004

This funny, surprising gem joins the ranks of Risky Business and Say Anything.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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April 9, 2004

Seems mainly about ripping off 1983's Risky Business without attribution.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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April 9, 2004

An entertaining affair whose wild-card creativity never ceases to surprise.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 9, 2004

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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April 9, 2004

| Original Score: C+
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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April 9, 2004

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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April 9, 2004

This is a dishonest, quease-inducing 'comedy' that had me feeling uneasy and then unclean.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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April 9, 2004

It appears to not only be made for hormone-crazed adolescents, but by them.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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April 9, 2004

The film is like a hooker dressed up as a lady: It wants to pretend it has class.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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April 9, 2004

Cuthbert provides a great deal of heart to this alternately lewd and chaste lark.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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April 9, 2004

A stylish, sweet and saucy spring surprise loaded with laughs and unexpected smarts.

| Original Score: B+
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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April 9, 2004

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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April 8, 2004

Though shamelessly derivative and amoral, The Girl Next Door is nevertheless funnier and smarter than most of the pathetic dreck aimed at the nation's teens.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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April 8, 2004

At this stage in Hollywood history, any teen movie that doesn't involve flying body fluids deserves some kind of commendation.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Clark
USA Today
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April 8, 2004

If you think the idea of taking a porn star to your prom is funny (and I plead guilty), here's your movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Edelstein
Slate
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April 8, 2004

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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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April 8, 2004

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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April 8, 2004

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.

A.O. Scott
New York Times
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April 8, 2004

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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April 8, 2004

The plot is carelessly cobbled from dozens of previous teen flicks, with needless episodes added as space fillers.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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April 8, 2004

The whole thing is cheerfully engaging, thanks to inspired direction by Luke Greenfield.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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April 8, 2004

What if you were a horny high school geek and a porn star moved in next door? Your answer will surely outwit anything in this cut-rate Risky Business.

| Original Score: 1/4
John Anderson
Newsday
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April 8, 2004

The whole movie is a fantasy, of course, but one that seems determined from the start to undermine our suspension of disbelief.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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April 8, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 8, 2004

Sexy, silly, sappy and often just plain likeable.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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April 7, 2004

Contrived from the start but gets better as it goes along.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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April 6, 2004

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.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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April 5, 2004

Unlike American Pie, it does not rely upon bawdy antics and bodily fluids.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Leydon
Variety
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April 5, 2004

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


AV Club
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February 24, 2004

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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February 23, 2004

Marks its director and scripters as talents to watch and affirms that its young star, Emile Hirsch, is a big-screen natural.