Newlyweeds Reviews

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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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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.
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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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J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
September 23, 2013
Newlyweeds is a movie of excellent riffs, understated timing, and memorable performances.
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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.
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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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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
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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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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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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.