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Something New Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
November 23, 2006
By and large this is a hollow, laugh-free zone paying lip service to the issue in trite, predictable fashion.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 16, 2006
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 | Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2006
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 3, 2006
This is an inept and unsubtle romantic fantasy about how black people and white people don't mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 3, 2006
How many other movies dare to suggest that some white guys have soul, and some black guys are plain vanilla?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 3, 2006
Hamri delivers a thoughtful, entertaining, imperfect but solidly adult movie about the inconvenient path of true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: B-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 3, 2006
Even when skewering the pompousness of upper-class black mobility, it's still adorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jean Nash Johnson
Dallas Morning News
February 3, 2006
If February is prime time for celebrating romance and black culture, then Something New delivers a powerfully seductive two-for-the-show.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 3, 2006
Something New is an observant, clever riff on the familiar problems of romance and the career gal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 3, 2006
Charming and surprisingly sharp.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 2, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 2, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 2, 2006
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.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
February 2, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 2, 2006
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 2, 2006
Not since Hitch have I checked judgment at the concession counter and happily succumbed to a movie's charms.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 2, 2006
This is a romantic comedy with a lot on its mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 2, 2006
The film is not riotous, but it is sporadically amusing, and the love affair is respectful of the characters, not fatuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
February 2, 2006
It's a fabrication of a gauzy romantic-comedy movieland where people of all colors can be equally trite and dull.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 2, 2006
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 | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 1, 2006
[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 | Original Score: C+
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
January 31, 2006
Sanaa Hamri's brisk, refreshingly understated romantic comedy Something New is the rare movie that delivers on its title's promise.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2006
... should please its targeted female demo in the market for a heart-shaped February confection with something more substantial than a mushy center
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 23, 2006
Look too closely and there will be questions about abandoned plot threads and excised scenes.