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Reviews: Neighbors (2014)

neighborsReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 10/9/14] | Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Jedna od rijetkih suvremenih holivudskih komedija koja je bolja nego što to sugerira njen trailer.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: No es la mejor de las comedias de nueva hornada que llegan de Estados Unidos, pero hace reír hasta el punto de sepultar buena parte de sus defectos. Carcajadas y (relativas) proclamas sobre el fastidio de la madurez.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The high concept is broad and simple: “FAMILY VS. FRAT,” as the ad line rather simplistically summarizes. But it’s about more than that — and hints at some interesting possibilities for comedies of its ilk.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A madcap comic extravaganza revolving around a feud between a suburban couple and the fraternity next door.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Forget the presence of Zac Efron. Piercing blue eyes, rock hard abs and inguinal crease aside, Seth Rogen is the draw and Efron is just window dressing.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Nicholas Stoller was the man who unleashed the unexpected funny in Rose Byrne in “Get Him to the Greek” and pairing her with Seth Rogen as a couple of young marrieds not quite ready to give up on their college years proves her comic abilities once again.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …there’s a creeping staleness to NEIGHBORS that smells suspiciously like formula, and not the baby kind.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: There are enough pop culture references to fuel trivia night at the popular college bar, and a few good laughs do break up the tedium. But bottom line, “Neighbors” isn’t epic enough for a frat house wall. This isn’t your father’s “Animal House,” but that would have been funnier.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film’s structure may be piecemeal … but the desperate absurdity and absurd desperation of these characters carry it.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Energetic and engagingly stupid, exemplifying outrageous, intergenerational warfare…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Neighbors is funniest when the ridiculous pranks push the envelope of what would be considered acceptable hijinks. The comedy excels when it’s a back and forth game of one-upmanship.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A mess not by accident but by design. It’s meant to be a ton of stuff thrown against the wall in the hope that some of it will momentarily distract you into involuntary laughter.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: the picture’s chief achievement is its ability to conjure a respectable laugh every couple of moments, allowing for a pleasing odyssey of unacceptable behaviour.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Thin on drama but plenty of laughs and likable characters to enjoy.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: No matter if it won’t be the studio comedy of the summer season to beat, it’s loose, quick-witted, and very much in the raunchy, R-rated spirit and Apatowian baliwick of director Nicholas Stoller’s previous output.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: Neighbors reminded me of the 70s and 80s heyday of National Lampoon sex comedies. Its only mission is to string together as many dick jokes as possible for ninety minutes and gracefully send you on your way.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: “Animal House” meets “The War of the Roses,” “Neighbors” is a rowdy battle between newly-minted parents and the undisciplined fraternity that moves in next door.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: ‘Neighbors’ is crude, better written than you expect, and funny as all hell.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Everyboddy needs good neighbours…
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: It is a total stretch to wholeheartedly love thy Neighbors in this instance but certainly it will be okay to merely like them without feigned appreciation.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: A rowdy college fraternity moves next door to a young suburban family, with expected results, in Neighbors, an inexplicably well-reviewed comedy that strings together a series of mean-spirited gross-out gags in lieu of an actual story.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The writing is generally competent, providing solid comedic scenarios for the actors to do their work. Much of the one-on-one between the performers has an air of improv.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Neighbors is not for the easily offended, but as R-rated comedies go, its the best offering of the year.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A coarse and sloppy gross-out comedy made all the worse by the occasional moments that suggest it could have been something more.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 7:33 pm

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