63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
If physical appearance creates its own class system (in high school and beyond), then Qualls is perfect for this proselytizing role. He has that rarest of movie-star faces -- one that over comes the tyranny of beauty.
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63

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
The New Guy doesn't have a new idea in its head, but it trods over the old ground with such wit and heart that its lack of originality can be overlooked, if not entirely forgiven.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A Jekyll-and-Hyde teen comedy that sounds like a Pauly Shore reject, but Qualls moves his marionette body around with a true clown's effervescence, and he does rubber-faced parodies of youth cool that are just what youth cool deserves.
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50

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Uneven but occasionally hilarious teen comedy.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It makes little sense, fails as often as it succeeds, and yet is not hateful and is sometimes quite cheerfully original.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Tries everything possible to win you over -- satire, gross-out comedy, even earnest romance. But as any high-schooler can tell you, the harder you try, the bigger you fall.
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25

Boston Globe

Probably would have worked better as a slamming soundtrack than as a muddle-headed movie.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Lame, haphazard teen comedy.
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25

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
You have to have faith that kids will recognize a bad movie when it's foisted on them -- and they don't get much worse than The New Guy.
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12

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Reaches breathtaking lows of incoherence, sexism, racial stereotyping, and -- did I say incoherence?
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24 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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