Empire Movies agreed, commenting that "this is Elisha Cuthbert's best film performance to date.Cuthbert's Nina has the majority of the most graphic and disturbing dialogue in the film, especially during one particular lunchroom scene where the camera is close up on Cuthbert and Belle's faces." Cuthbert appeared in the music video for Weezer's "Perfect Situation" in early 2006, playing the group's fictional original singer who threw a tantrum that led to Rivers Cuomo, the roadie, becoming frontman of the band.Sergio Leone of said: "Paris Hilton and only plays her known personality in the film.She's overshadowed by the strong work from the rest of the cast, notably Chad Michael Murray and especially Elisha Cuthbert, who gives the film a strong dose of enthusiasm with her Jamie Lee Curtis esque performance." Cuthbert's next film was the indie film The Quiet. She played Nina, a temperamental 17-year-old cheerleader who suffers sexual abuse by her father.She had reservations about the part, but was persuaded by director Luke Greenfield.
Cuthbert landed a role in a feature film in the family drama Dancing on the Moon (1997).although Cuthbert said her character was not directly based on Rebecca De Mornay's.Critics were divided; some praised the film for boldness, others, notably Roger Ebert, called it gimmicky and exploitative.She became known for playing Kim Bauer in the series 24, Darcie Goldberg in the college comedy Old School, Danielle in the teen comedy film The Girl Next Door, and Carly Jones in the 2005 remake of House of Wax.
At the age of 14, Cuthbert made her feature film debut in the 1997 family-drama Dancing on the Moon.
In her next film, Cuthbert starred with Paris Hilton and Chad Michael Murray in the 2005 remake of the horror film House of Wax.