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Romantics Anonymous (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angelique as his new sales associate. Realizing she's attracted to her boss, Angelique decides to anonymously develop a new line of chocolates to save the company. With the

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (5)

Movies that truly have the capacity to delight - that amuse and lift the spirits and create a warm feeling - are rare. "Romantics Anonymous" is one of those rare delights.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It'll be too light and frothy for some tastes, but it's bound to leave you with a warm glow.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A mug of warm cocoa with marshmallow topping that produces a comfy feel-good glow.

November 27, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An adorable, quirky chocolatier looking for love? One guess which country this heavily whimsical comedy hails from.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Girl faints and boy jumps out the bathroom window.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Améris's recipe here calls for everything in moderation, resulting in a movie that never threatens to offend nor, particularly, to delight, though it does offer a good view on a modestly charming actors' duet.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Flighty, feather-light French romantic comedy...A very pleasant treat.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

If you really like French ambience, this film is drowning in it. But don't expect Amelie or Chocolat. This film is far less witty, charming and moving than those films, no matter how desperately it tries to emulate them.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

So much is conveyed in what isn't said: the half-finished words, the broken syllables, the inarticulate noises, even the silences.

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Romantics Anonymous is a delightfully sweet comedy where love, chocolate and social anxiety blend to make a deliciously offbeat treat.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Whilst I hoped there would be a little more substance, I still found myself caught up in the charm of this farce.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Set in Lyon amid the world of chocolate making, this charmingly old-fashioned French romantic comedy is a truly mouth-watering confection.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

The tone is unashamedly sentimental, and the performances are too often played for laughs, so the film ends up feeling rather thin and inconsequential

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

As sweet as chocolate that's spiced with bitterness of varying degrees, this whimsical charmer about two eccentrics weighed down by anxiety, is a delight

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The script is witty, the chemistry just right, and the overall effect so sweet it's a little like eating too much chocolate.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Romantics Anonymous is about emotional-cripples who find love in one another's awkward embrace. They're cutesy. They're clumsy. They're also chocolatiers. Seriously, abandon hate, all ye who enter here.

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

A frothy confection about awkward love that may strike a chord with bashful would-be suitors.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Ridiculously charming and almost too sweet for its own good, this is an enjoyable French romcom (or Fromcom) with a witty script and delightful performances from Poelvoorde and Carre, though it's also a little on the slight side.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It is a pleasant little film, reminiscent in tone of the 1930s comedies of René Clair and Jean Renoir.

December 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The French are starting to have a monopoly on whimsical romantic comedies and, with this piece of amiable fluff, it's business as usual.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

In order for the script to crackle and the heart to move, you need to suspend more disbelief that proves possible here.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

An original that recalls the whimsy and charm of previous Gallic hits Amélie and Chocolat.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A sugar-coated change of tack from an underrated filmmaker. Won't win Améris many new fans, though.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Romantics Anonymous

A quirky love story between two people who are afraid of their emotions and taking a leap of faith. I like the metaphor the film posits. The actors are very convincing in their roles and quite charming. It felt a little too sweet and silly at times, but it is a very nice tale.
April 18, 2014
Raajay

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Doux comme le chocolat...
July 6, 2013
MrsInsomnia

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Two chocolatiers, both of whom are paralyzed by emotional attachment, fall in love.
This film is positively delightful. It's true that I'm a sucker for stories about awkward people falling in love, but I think the film is universal. Even the broadly comic bits, like Angelique encouraging herself as she walks to the door of the chocolate shop and continues encouraging herself as she about-faces or the musical number, are well-executed. Benoit Poelvoorde and Isabell Carre are funny and effective, and the plot unfolds smoothly -- at less than an hour and a half, there's no wasted time here.
As with any romantic comedy, this film had more than its fair share of "must-happens," obvious to only the most discerning viewer.
Overall, I had fun watching this film.
April 18, 2013
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Jim Hunter

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Kind of sweet. Kind of quirky. Could have been fantastic, but didn't seem to want to go all the way....
May 31, 2012
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Foreign Titles

  • Die Anonymen Romantiker (DE)
  • Romantics Anonymous (Les emotifs anonymes) (UK)
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