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Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
An exceptionally well-written script, full of unexpected turns and clever reversals, and a trio of deft actors in the principal roles.
75
A mildly satirical but essentially sweet, benign comedy.
75
New York Daily News
Once in a very long while, a truly memorable romantic teen comedy comes along. The Girl Next Door is one.
75
ReelViews
Builds up enough good will during its successful first half that we're willing to forgive some of the strange and disappointing convolutions the plot takes us through during the final 45 minutes.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Sharp, vivacious comedy.
67
Entertainment Weekly
"Risky Business" had a great opening act and then descended into contrivances. This genial cardboard knockoff is contrived from the start but gets better as it goes along.
63
Chicago Tribune
In the end it's not the tricks that elevate this movie. It's the acting.
63
New York Post
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.
63
Premiere
The film's lack of focus leaves most, if not all, of the characters just a hair less developed than they should have been; the plot holes just a bit more conspicuous than they might have been; and the ending just a touch less poignant than it could have been.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The mainstream prominence of pornography gets a shove forward with the teen comedy, The Girl Next Door, an improbably-not-terrible teen sex comedy.
25
Director Luke Greenfield, the auteur behind "The Animal," starring Rob Schneider, wants to pass off this limp-dick farce as social satire. Ha!

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