Newlyweeds Reviews

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Meredith Borders
Badass Digest
April 3, 2013
It's billed as a dark comedy about two stoners in love, but the laughs - dark or otherwise - are scarce in the film. No, scarce is generous. Laughs are non-existent.
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Matt Patches
Time Out
September 17, 2013
Newlyweeds looks and sounds primo. Storytelling-wise, however, it's more than one toke over the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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September 18, 2013
While the movie's execution never quite makes up for its conception, it does elevate it above, well, just being the sort of movie that would be called Newlyweeds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 18, 2013
"Newlyweeds," for all its freshness, never really lands. It remains suspended in a haze of secondhand smoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremy Mathews
Paste Magazine
September 19, 2013
It's hard to determine exactly what Newlyweeds wants to accomplish, but it's plain to see that it fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.3/10
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Jake Blumgart
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 5, 2014
Newlyweeds is a naturalistic portrait, with a few hallucinatory flourishes, of a very specific relationship in a very specific place.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 20, 2013
The movie at last finds its legs in a windup that has great compassion for these sweet, lost souls.
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
September 18, 2013
It's difficult to deduce whether Newlyweeds is too loose, or merely designed to appear too loose...Yet the movie has a certain dark charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
September 16, 2013
Going neither in the direction of Reefer Madness nor a Cheech and Chong movie, it's both funny and serious, and its depictions of pot-smoking could be read as either promotional or cautionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2013
Shaka King's low-budget debut feature is slim on plot but rich in attitude and on-the-ground detail of New York neighborhood life.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
September 23, 2013
Newlyweeds is a rare movie about stoners that treats pot addiction seriously, carving out a space of its own in a naturalistic middle ground between the familiar standards of surreal comedy and moralistic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
Far from preachy, Newlyweeds treats its subject matter with increasingly sobering gravity, and both Cheatom and Harris embody their characters not as cartoons but as lonely, misguided souls too blazed to realize the error of their ways.
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J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
September 23, 2013
Newlyweeds is a movie of excellent riffs, understated timing, and memorable performances.
Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
September 20, 2013
It's a special movie. Odd, disjointed and not entirely coherent, but special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
More a series of darkly comic vignettes than a conventional romance, King's exploration of chemically altered human chemistry is amusing if slight, and his two leads are appealingly solid, especially Cheatom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 23, 2013
A smoky, jazzy, biting and heartfelt comedy about two young people, one love affair, American life, African-American life, Brooklyn and - oh, yeah - weed.
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