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A Novel Romance

A Novel Romance (2011)

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Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Nate Shepherd, late 40's, and Jenny Sparks, early 30's, meet in a fancy New York eatery. Complete strangers who have had a rotten day, waiting for their better halves, they reveal to one another that they are going to meet new people tonight. They quickly realize they are waiting for each other. When Nate loses his girlfriend (after getting fired from his cushy job at an ad agency) and Jenny loses her boyfriend to a drug overdose, Nate's girlfriend suggests that they should move in together as

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Allie Dvorin

Jul 3, 2012

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"A Novel Romance" supplies a response to the question, "Is Steve Guttenberg still working?" but leaves unanswered the natural follow-up: "Why?"

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Steve Guttenberg is probably supposed to be a lovable loser in "A Novel Romance," a drab, clumsy film by Allie Dvorin, but he can manage to be merely annoying.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The literary conceit [adds] tired self-deprecating narration and arch chapter titles to the romantic-comedy mix.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Cohabitation "commandments" and talk of "chick flicks" further send the material into a cutesy tailspin, with the script's low point an egregious scene featuring Nate sneaking a peek at a silhouette of Jenny undressing behind a curtain.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The film looks good, at least. But look past that, and there's not much there.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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As a showcase for Steve Guttenberg's 52-years-young pecs, A Novel Romance might have been better served as a workout video.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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