“ Rarely, if indeed ever, will one hear shouting and everything seems to move at a deliberately slow pace, that helps the images sink in and eventually helps breed hate for the perverse and demented character of Ruth.
“ when a policeman bursts through the door just seconds after the main villain is killed (as per the cliché).
“ What I can say is that this is one of the most emotionally gripping movies I have seen in a very long time.
“ Slow, surreal, striking .
“ The story is so gripping that the weaknesses glare like arc lights.
“ The Girl Next Door prooves an old-school classic that brings a true story to life while maintaining a breathtaking message, as well as showing that even independent films can have marvelous acting and well made filmography!
“ This is a great film to watch it will keep you on the edge of your seat not knowing what will happen next.
“ Jack Ketchum's novel, like much of his work, is based on compelling real-life events.
“ A virtually unbearable escalation of torture images in all its forms.
“ Too real to be enjoyable .
“This movie works on so many levels; it's a brutal psychological horror film, an intense character study, and a coming of age story.
“ If nothing happened, you wouldn't watch it.
“ Well it was just another boring night and my girlfriend and I decided to watch some movies on Netflix.
“ So many otherwise innocent children have come under Ruth's sway, observing and engaging in acts they would never normally countenance, and it doesn't even seem remarkable, merely plausible.
“ It's also gripping because this is inspired by actual events in 1958.
“ Do I expect something original, shocking and that pushes the boundaries of the cliché, Hollywood horror?
“ Ruth is not like the other parents: she allows the neighborhood children to smoke and drink, and has an intense dislike for Meg -- for no real reason.
“First of all, the plot device of David (and that's all he is) is pointless and manipulative.
“ Too intense for an R-Rating- .
“ Movie is utter garbage , the decisions make no sense like a person with a iq below 70 made them , you will sit there through the movie frustrated the whole time ,don't waste your time watching this movie
“ The story is more than a little disturbing, but it's made worse by a film that is ridiculously tedious and boring.
“ It is a torture and abuse movie that will make you cringe and begging for a better outcome.
“ The movie is fairly slow and oddly enough the filmmakers don't bother to establish the character of Meg enough, which is why we can't really feel for her all that much until the very end.
“ This is just too well done to be brushed off as anything but grand, grueling, but ultimately unwatchable cruelty that with its message is trying to be kind.
“ Bear that in mind if you're foolish enough to waste your time watching this polished bolus of a film.
“ Watching it left me with a dark, miserable and ultimately empty feeling that I have rarely experienced before.
“ He proved that you can make a torture flick without actually showing all the bloodshed and gore.
“ Unwatchable and Very Emotional Movie .
“ It's a slow burner at first, it sets the scene for over half an hour and I began thinking am I watching the right film?
“ The way this builds in a slow fashion leaves us almost like the frog in the water which is slowly heated on the stove.
“The story was completely unbelievable and there was really no plot.
“ Something that would give the young girl who died a sense of justice, but nothing happens.
“ And the incessant metaphors pertaining to "darkness" and "monsters" grew repetitive and trite early on.
“ I have to say that although the acting is passable, the violence is realistic, it is just too real feeling to be enjoyable.
“ Although I have seen this story before with Ellen Page, it was worth watching again.
“ This is perhaps the most disgusting gratuitous pathetic piece of garbage movie I have ever seen -- A torture film masquerading as a mainstream film?
“ Don't waste your time or braincells on this...
“ pointless to watch .
“ It is completely pointless in every other way.
“ Worst movie ever made .
“ Now, I'm not going to go into any great detail, but what happens to Meg in this film is disturbing, but incredibly engrossing to watch.
“ Riveting and surprisingly well-done .
“ Truly gripping, truly horrific, truly disturbing.
“ My issue with the movie was that it just seemed kind of pointless and exploitative, under a veneer of integrity that doesn't actually lack.
“ Pointless Rape of Children.
“ This movie was a complete waste of an hour and a half of my life.
“ Much more intense than the average torture movie .
“This movie was actually slow and boring and had I not read the book in advance (knowing what was coming), I would have been bored out of my skull.
“ It is simply a torture film -- as bad as a snuff film in its horrific and ultimate violation of this young woman's body.
“ There are torture scenes in this movie which is disturbing and yet engrossing to watch.
“ The worst movie i have ever seen .
“ The plot is very engrossing.
“ You almost picture yourself as the main character, Meg, who is receiving the torture, and try to imagine the pain that she is going through, but find yourself empty and not even wanting to think.
“There were so many chances for her to get away, but no she couldn't because the director wanted to drag out the plot, and it only made the movie more unrealistic and silly to be honest.
“ Disturbing and yet engrossing .
“ This is a pointless presentation of a horribly sad story that deserved better.
“While the performances of the child actors can occasionally be overwrought, Manche is fantastic as the curious and conflicted David, showing a maturity that makes the third act all the more compelling; Auffrath is convincing and heartbreaking as Meg, a truly courageous performance.
“ I cannot have myself rating it any higher than 7, 'cause that would make me feel that I actually enjoyed it.
“The acting on all fronts is nothing short of brilliant, the detail on the set is stunning, bearing in mind it is set in the 50's the attention to detail is excellent.
“ I wouldn't call it "entertaining".
“ And then in the final scene, viewers are lead to believe that one of the witnesses of the torture acquired something positive from the experience with the cliché quote of 'as meg taught me, it's what you do last that counts'.
“ It's the same thing that makes drunk daddy hit his five year old with an empty liquor bottle or beat mommy to a pulp right in front of the eyes of his terror-frozen offspring.
“ And the neighbors were so clueless in this small town (where scandal and gossip is usually welcome amid the boredom) that they were unaware that the drunkard single mom on the block (divorced moms were suspect back then, too) was feeding alcohol to their own kids and raising a brood of bully, violent brats?
“ Bottom line, this is a torture film starring kids and I wouldn't let me kids see it if I had any.
“ The last 15 minutes was just unbearable.