Critic Reviews

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    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.
  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
    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.
  • 40
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club
    A comedy just funny enough to make viewers wish it were far funnier.
  • 40
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
    It isn't very good, but it doesn’t seem to care, which turns out to be rather refreshing.
  • 25
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune
    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.
  • 25
    Charles Savage Miami Herald
    Anyone who wants to enjoy himself at a good movie about a high school geek who undergoes a transformation should go see "'Spider-Man" again instead.
  • 20
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide Magazine
    Lame, derivative comedy.
  • 10
    Robert Koehler Variety
    Overall aroma of movie junk food.
  • 10
    Desson Thomson Washington Post
    Feckless and crude without any particularly funny redeeming value. If there's anything more to this poor excuse of a movie than immediately meets the eye, I'll get back to you.
  • 0
    Robert Wilonsky New Times (L.A.)
    An ugly-duckling tale so hideously and clumsily told it feels accidental. Surely, no one PLANNED something this disastrously unfunny.