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100
Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise.
100
What makes Neighbors exceptional, rather than merely great, is its successful attempt to reinvent the studio comedy.
91
Neighbors is one of the funniest, most visually inventive studio comedies in recent memory.
88
It's a party where we want to stay, until we're dragged out kicking and screaming.
80
In its current state, Neighbors is filthy, nasty and a bit too sloppy. But it'll scrub up lovely.
80
Very funny at the outset and escalating steadily for most of its brisk running time, the film represents a big win for neophyte screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien.
80
After a shaky start, Bad Neighbours blossoms, with inspired visual gags in excellent poor taste.
80
A heated, hysterical battle between Apatow smarts and Animal House smirks. Subtlety takes a hazing, but humour emerges with honours.
80
You'll laugh if you're young, you'll laugh if you're old.
75
About 40 percent of Neighbors falls flat. About 60 percent made me laugh hard, even when I knew I should have known better.
75
Neighbors is the "Animal House" for an era in which food fights seem quaint.
75
You expect hardcore hilarity from Neighbors, and you get it. It's the nuance that sneaks up on you.
75
Neighbors is funny for all 96 of its minutes, not counting the credits, and it contains the single best sight gag of the year so far. (We're talking laugh-out-loud funny and then laugh again later, just thinking about it.)
75
One part smart, one part stupid and three parts jokes about body parts, the extremely raunchy Neighbors is a strange success story.
75
The result is a funny and raucously lewd comedy fueled with enough penis jokes to keep an actual fraternity in stitches for a trimester.
70
Lewder, weirder, louder, leaner, meaner and more winningly stupid than anything its director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen have ever been involved with before, frat comedy Neighbors boasts an almost oppressive volume of outrageous gags.
70
While it's occasionally distasteful, it's an engaging hangout film from beginning to end, thanks to its game performances and smart direction.
63
The fun is supposed to build from the elaborate plots the marrieds and the bros engage in to foil each other. Only, it doesn't.
60
A few big laughs but weakly drawn characters mean a film that is enjoyable enough in the moment but then quickly forgotten.
60
Genres don't come much more formulaic than frat-house comedy, and nobody, in this fair-to-fine example, feels like rocking the boat.
50
The promo materials implore viewers to vote either #TeamFrat or #TeamFamily on Twitter, though the audience is way more likely to be split between #TeamPecEfron and #TeamByrneBoobsplosion.
20
Neighbors stakes its claim in suburban-property cliches. Given the dull, stale results, maybe the end of the world was a better fit.

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