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Good Neighbors (2011)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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Neighbors Spencer (Scott Speedman) and Louise (Emily Hampshire) have bonded over their fascination with a recent string of murders terrorizing their community. When a new tenant named Victor (Jay Baruchel) arrives in the building, all three quickly hit it off. But as they soon discover, each of them has their own dark secret. As the violence outside mounts, the city retreats indoors for safety. But the more time these three spend together in their apartment building, the clearer it becomes that


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jacob Tierney

Sep 27, 2011


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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (8) | DVD (2)

Working from a 1982 novel set in Quebec City, director-writer Jacob Tierney provides enough thrills and surprises, even a little satire, to keep viewers' attention.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Swerving from bland to brutal, endearingly coy to shockingly explicit, the Canadian import "Good Neighbors" finds pitch-black comedy among white-bread lives.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There's enough creepy tension and nefarious deeds afoot to make for a really suspenseful short film, but even at just 96 minutes, Good Neighbors outstays its welcome.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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An agreeably sick little movie about a serial killer, a bunch of cats and the uneasy tenants of a Montreal apartment complex.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Good Neighbors is a darkly comedic thriller with echoes of Shallow Grave and an undercurrent of repressed Canadian rage, and though it comes to an anticlimactic end, it manages a lot with a slow build of unease.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Good Neighbors is a hotbed of twisted ideas with a straightforward yet novel approach to the Gothic horror in the hearts of mistakenly everyday people.

July 27, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Not a crackerjack thriller by any means, and I'm not sure it means to be: It's a dark comedy about people who do horrible things.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

A sneakily absorbing indie thriller.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Thankfully Tierney saves the film from becoming a prosaic whodunit by casually revealing the murder's identity 40 minutes in, forcing Good Neighbors to succeed as all films should, through character and style.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press | Comment (1)
New York Press

Inspired pitch-black humor and a crackerjack ensemble.

July 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

For sheer, absurd gruesomeness, one stomach-turning scene in this obnoxious, uninvolving Canadian thriller could win 2011's prize.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

desperately in need of a more refined directorial palette

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source:

The tone of the film is off-key from the beginning, a fact that's not helped by the presence of Speedman, onetime Felicity heartthrob.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Writer/director Jacob Tierney is spun dizzy by the complex narrative of deceptions and confessions, laboring over moody particulars while the tension gradually dries up.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source:

A solid, respectable genre piece that should play extra well when watched late one night in your own one or two-bedroom high-rise dwelling.

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

'Good Neighbors' borders on a beneficial near amateurishness as it picks up headway to finish with a rare satisfactory twist and undeclared future.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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An effective noirish drama of three neighbors with hidden, violent flaws

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Compuserve

It's a skillful enough psychological exercise -- on the usual paltry Canadian budget -- to suggest Tierney is an unsung homegrown talent, more than ready to move up to bigger budgets and bigger toys.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Good Neighbors

Quirky. Different. Definitely not the same ole script here, that's what I really liked about it. Something different for a change!! Very refreshing--dark, dark with a hint of comedy. This is a thriller, but not in any usual way. Nasty good fun. I will definitely check out more from this director, Jacob Tierney (actor turned director). He directed The Trotsky (also starring Jay Baruchel), and I really enjoyed that one, as well. I do believe this man has some talent...
July 31, 2012

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Spencer: Why do you think you're so interested in this stuff?

"You never know who's living right next door."

Good Neighbors is not the best of suspense thrillers. For one, it lacks suspense for 90 percent of the runtime. The other thing is that it can't decide whether to be too subtle or too gruesome. So it goes for a subtle blandness for the first part of the movie and then begins to throw some pretty morbid stuff at the viewer as it goes. I wasn't expecting some of the graphic violence this film showed halfway through. Violence isn't something that phases me as a moviegoer; it's just that this had a feel of a subtle film, not an in your face one.

The story takes place in Canada in the midst of many killings at the hand of some serial killer. Victor moves into an apartment where he meets Louise and Spencer. Louise has a weird dependence on her cats and Spencer is wheelchair bound. The three have dinner and become friends to a certain extent. Then a bunch of crap happens that we aren't suppose to expect, but we kind of do anyway.

It's not badly made. It looks pretty good and the cast isn't too bad. Nothing about the movie screams terrible, but nothing about it stands out to the point where I'd want to ever watch it again, or would even recommend to anyone to watch once. It's a decent enough effort though.
March 10, 2012
Melvin White

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Cast: Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Diane D'Aquila, Xavier Dolan, Clara Furey, Kaniehtiio Horn, Gary Farmer, Jacob Tierney, Pat Kiely

Director: Jacob Tierney

Summary: In an apartment complex nestled in Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood, everyone is nervous with a serial killer on the loose. Meanwhile, waitress Louise (Emily Hampshire) and widower Spencer (Scott Speedman) bond with new resident Victor (Jay Baruchel), which could prove dangerous. Staying alive may well mean figuring out who to trust. Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) writes and directs this mystery thriller.

My Thoughts: "The movie is a quirky thriller. The characters are very odd and strange all in their own respective ways. There is no surprise in the film, it kind of gives itself away. Louise's obsession with the cats is crossing the line of creepy in this odd thriller. Although I enjoyed the weirdness of the film, I do wish it played out differently. I know the ending is suppose to leave you wondering and thinking, but I would have liked to see more."
March 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

On several movie site I visit, there had been a buzz about an independent Canadian murder mystery film, that was supposed to be quite a thriller with big twist at the end. It sounded like the perfect movie for me and I couldn't wait to see it! Good Neighbors is about an apartment building in Canada that is getting a new tenant named Victor (Jay Baruchel). Victor immediately sees that something isn't right about the new place and soon learns that everyone is on edge because of a serial killer on the loose. A serial killer that I was able to identify ten minutes into the movie. How in the world can anyone, much less a movie fan, call this a thriller with a twist in the end? The killer was obvious from the very beginning and I'm willing to bet the average fourth grader would agree. As for the notion that this is a thriller? Come on, a thriller is supposed to have you on the edge of your seat, not falling asleep in it! The story was slow, sloppy, and predictable, but what about the acting. I generally like Jay Baruchel, but he is a mess in this film. Baruchel is way out of his element here and would probably do best sticking to Apatow comedies. The only bright spot in the film is Emily Hampshire, she's been around a while, but has never been in anything big. Hampshire was terrific and is really the only interesting character in this film. Good Neighbors is a huge disappointment and anyone who tells you otherwise can't be as big a movie fan as they proclaim to be. I can deal with slow moving, I can live with some boring parts here and there, but a painfully predictable story with very below average performances is a recipe for disaster.
December 28, 2012

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    1. Louise: Should I be concerned for my safety?
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    1. Spencer: Why do you think you're so interested in this stuff?
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