New The Boy Next Door movie got mostly negative reviews from top critics. Universal Pictures released their new drama/thriller movie, “The Boy Next Door,” into theaters yesterday, and all the reviews have been submitted from the top critics in the business. It turns out that a whole lot of them really didn’t like it with only an overall score of 31 out of a possible 100 across 27 reviews at Metacritic.com.
The film stars: Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett, Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman. We’ve provided blurbs from a few of the critics, below.
Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 63 score, saying: “Predictable and foolishly unsuspecting characters react in ways that make you want to shake them. But there’s an undeniable sense of silly fun in this erotic thriller.”
Leah Greenblatt over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score. He stated: “Boy’s premise reeks of stalker-movie mothballs, and it’s too timid to fully dive into the high camp it hints at. Instead, this cookie just crumbles.”
Peter Keough from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score, stating: ” It will also make them laugh. Intentionally or not, director Rob Cohen (“Alex Cross”) has put together the most hilarious camp classic since “White House Down” (2013).”
Nicolas Rapold from The New York Times, gave it a 40 score, saying: “Mr. Cohen, no stranger to delivering pulp product, employs visual clichés as if they were flash cards; no exposed thigh or made-you-jump reveal goes unexploited.”
Sheri Linden at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade, stating: “It offers January moviegoers some guilty-pleasure thrills and laughs, while falling way short of its potential on both the dramatic and the camp fronts.”
Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a bad 38 score, saying: “The Boy Next Door has its share of so-bad-they’re-good moments – and details, and chunks of dialogue – but not nearly enough. Mostly, they’re just bad. And it had such potential too, starting with the casting.”
Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 38 grade. He stated: ” I wish The Boy Next Door were a different, zingier sort of mediocrity, but whenever it threatens to go the full Zalman King “Two Moon Junction” route, it pulls back and behaves itself and settles for a grindingly predictable series of escalations.”
Michael O’Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a 37 score. He stated: “The Boy Next Door plays best as unintentional comedy.”