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New Best Friend (2002)

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5

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 36

Generic, confusing, and trashy, New Best Friend is a laughably bad, obvious campus whodunit.

9

Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

Generic, confusing, and trashy, New Best Friend is a laughably bad, obvious campus whodunit.

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40

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 2,799

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Movie Info

Three rich, pretty people befriend their poor, mousy classmate and live to regret it in this teen-centric thriller. Alicia (Mia Kirshner), Hadley (Meredith Monroe), Julianne (Rachel True), and Sydney (Dominique Swain) are four students enrolled in the same sociology class at Colby University, an exclusive and respected college in the Carolinas. Alicia is a local girl born into modest circumstances who struggles to make ends meet and rarely gets a second look from the male students on campus,

R,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Victoria Strouse

Jul 16, 2002

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (36) | DVD (6)

A campus drama-cum-whodunit that's obvious and exploitative even by low-bar youthpic standards.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A dull, generic title for a dull, generic film.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The party scenes deliver some tawdry kicks. The rest of the film ... is dudsville.

April 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Instead of trying to bust some blondes, [Diggs] should be probing why a guy with his talent ended up in a movie this bad.

April 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Nobody seems to have cared much about any aspect of it, from its cheesy screenplay to the grayish quality of its lighting to its last-minute, haphazard theatrical release.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Great trash, one of those mediocre movies that in its own crass way is more enjoyable than most things that get nominated for Oscars.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film could have done so much more -- but it just didn't.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

New Best Friend shouldn't have gone straight to video; it should have gone straight to a Mystery Science Theater 3000 video.

June 10, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Its simplicity puts an exclamation point on the fact that this isn't something to be taken seriously, but it also wrecks any chance of the movie rising above similar fare.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

[Less a movie than] an appalling, odoriferous thing... so rotten in almost every single facet of production that you'll want to crawl up your own *** in embarrassment.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Even in terms of the low-grade cheese standards on which it operates, it never quite makes the grade as tawdry trash.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

With Zoe Clarke-Williams's lackluster thriller "New Best Friend", who needs enemies? Just another generic drama that has nothing going for it other than its exploitive array of obligatory cheap thrills.

April 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

It shows that some studios firmly believe that people have lost the ability to think and will forgive any shoddy product as long as there's a little girl-on-girl action.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Incompetent but inadvertently entertaining.

April 15, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

The story wields through confusingly and often ricochets so unevenly you're downright confused as to what's up and who's where.

April 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
Blunt Review

The trashy teen-sleaze equivalent of Showgirls.

April 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This film from Zoe Clarke-Williams is a most predictable regurgitation of teen peer pressure and drug misuse.

April 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The movie has very little to offer besides unintentional laughs.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The angst-ridden, affluent slacker characters are more grating than engaging.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Rashomon-for-dipsticks tale.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for New Best Friend

Wait? Huh? What is this film about? hanh? Fitting in?

"New Best Friend" is "Utterly Inane and ucomprehensible. Blurry Lesbian Sex,Drug parties,missing dialouge,and answers. This is one of the worst films to do about basicly nothing. Two Middle Fingers Up!"

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November 18, 2009
EbertsLittleApprentice

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This movie was very deep. Kind of like Cruel Intentions, or thirteen...
August 16, 2007
Yinali

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Not terrible, but not very good, either.
September 18, 2013
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