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Based on 23 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
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.
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.
The A.V. Club
A comedy just funny enough to make viewers wish it were far funnier.
Chicago Reader
It isn't very good, but it doesn’t seem to care, which turns out to be rather refreshing.
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.
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.
Lame, derivative comedy.
Overall aroma of movie junk food.
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.
New Times (L.A.)
An ugly-duckling tale so hideously and clumsily told it feels accidental. Surely, no one PLANNED something this disastrously unfunny.

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