Movies Like Something New

Opening

62% The Maze Runner Sep 19
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
45% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
93% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

11% No Good Deed $24.3M
70% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
35% The November Man $2.8M
35% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

70% The Equalizer Sep 26
71% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

New Episodes Tonight

91% Doctor Who: Season 8
—— Hell on Wheels: Season 4
40% Intruders: Season 1
90% Outlander: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

82% Girl Meets World: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
53% Z Nation: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

Something New Reviews

Anna Smith
Time Out
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By and large this is a hollow, laugh-free zone paying lip service to the issue in trite, predictable fashion.

Full Review Source: Time Out

November 23, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It's just too bad that this half-realized concept is tethered to an utterly unconvincing, warmed-over interracial romance rooted more in Harlequin fantasy than social realism.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

February 16, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 4, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This is an inept and unsubtle romantic fantasy about how black people and white people don't mix.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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It sometimes seems at odds with itself, vacillating between a realistic presentation of the obstacles black professional women face finding a suitable mate and another bit of Hollywood fluff where their skin color is glossed over.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2006
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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The race card is still in play no matter what the social strata, but the message gets lost in the medium of excessive cuteness and too many contrived disagreements in dialogue.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Something New isn't Something Hilarious. But it is sweet enough and provocative enough to make it Hollywood's best date movie this Valentine's Day.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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How many other movies dare to suggest that some white guys have soul, and some black guys are plain vanilla?

| Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Hamri delivers a thoughtful, entertaining, imperfect but solidly adult movie about the inconvenient path of true love.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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What sets it slightly apart is a willingness to deal with a potentially tricky subject -- race -- in the context of light-hearted fluff.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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The film's lack of depth as it oversimplifies the complexities of racism keep it from being anything other than a lightweight date movie.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 3, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Something New is actually something totally unexpected: a blissfully swoony romance spiked with frank talk about race and class that nudges the plot forward but never feels forced.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Something New is a message movie and it doesn't hide that fact. But it also goes beyond the message, and that's why it works.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

February 3, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Even when skewering the pompousness of upper-class black mobility, it's still adorable.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Jean Nash Johnson
Dallas Morning News
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If February is prime time for celebrating romance and black culture, then Something New delivers a powerfully seductive two-for-the-show.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

February 3, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Something New is an observant, clever riff on the familiar problems of romance and the career gal.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Charming and surprisingly sharp.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 3, 2006
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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The screenplay is smart, witty and understated, and director Sanaa Hamri shows a firm hand with her actors and injects the movie with a fresh energy that lives up to the title.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2006
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Sanaa Lathan's classiness flows from the poise she projects...Her cool understatement helps put over Something New's premise -- which, if not old, is no longer in its 20s.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The fun -- and the seriousness -- of the movie is in watching a beautiful, classy woman challenge an equally delectable opponent. It's one heck of a matchup.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 2, 2006
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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Happily for those of us who enjoy the genre but wouldn't mind more substance on the empty-calorie march toward bliss, Something New, the beguiling feature film debut from Sanaa Hamri, carries a little bit more weight than the average rom-com.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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In this pleasantly diverting romance about a black woman and a white man forced to transcend prejudice, the chemistry between the leads is as unmistakable as the setup is contrived.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Not since Hitch have I checked judgment at the concession counter and happily succumbed to a movie's charms.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Something New delivers all the usual pleasures of a love story, and something more. The movie respects its subject and characters, and is more complex about race than we could possibly expect.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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This is a romantic comedy with a lot on its mind.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The film is not riotous, but it is sporadically amusing, and the love affair is respectful of the characters, not fatuous.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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It's a fabrication of a gauzy romantic-comedy movieland where people of all colors can be equally trite and dull.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 2, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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In a racially skittish nation where the most recent studio movie about interracial relations was the abysmal Guess Who, this film has the kind of guts we rarely see in mainstream movies. And it's romantic, too.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

February 2, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[The film] is a shaky piece of work, with stumpy cinematography, choppy edits, speechy dialogue, and loose plotlines. And yet: There's an easygoing authenticity to the depiction of Kenya and her world.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

February 1, 2006
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Sanaa Hamri's brisk, refreshingly understated romantic comedy Something New is the rare movie that delivers on its title's promise.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 31, 2006
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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... should please its targeted female demo in the market for a heart-shaped February confection with something more substantial than a mushy center

January 25, 2006
Brian Lowry
Variety
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Look too closely and there will be questions about abandoned plot threads and excised scenes.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2006
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