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The Romantics (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 14

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21

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
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Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Galt Niederhoffer

Feb 8, 2011

$0.1M

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The script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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What ensues is a couple of days of confession and mild debauchery. It's all sketchy and banal.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's possible that Niederhoffer was too close to her novel to stand back from its excesses. She's made a seriously self-indulgent movie about self-indulgent people.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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[It] somehow skirts utter loathsomeness by dint of its elegant camerawork and a few finely tuned performances. I'm not suggesting you run out to the theater and see this, but if it comes on cable someday and you have a big pile of laundry to fold...

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (2)
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Instead of Rachel Getting Married with an Oscar-nominated Anne Hathaway, we get Galt Niederhoffer's misbegotten, miscast snoozefest with Katie Holmes struggling to prove that there is life as an actress while still being Mrs. Tom Cruise.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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With its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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Poignant? Only because someone worked pretty hard on this.

March 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

... isn't so much a romantic comedy as a lightweight indie ensemble drama that never quite gels.

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

If only we had a better feel for these people, some reason to care as much as they clearly do, who's to say how satisfying 'The Romantics' might have been?

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

As far as missing-bridegroom movies go, this is less inspiring than The Hangover.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Adapting her novel for the screen, Galt Niederhoffer has improved her own story, tightening the script as well as the cast of characters.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

The questionable conclusion might not satisfy your need for a definitive finale, but the film doesn't give you much to be satisfied with in the first place.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Flimsy melodrama, filled with clumsy, hand-held camerawork and turgid, pretentious literary prattle, signifying very little.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: www.susangranger.com
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Indie wedding drama is too mature for young teens.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Has its minor pleasures. But they are too few and far between to warrant sitting through the entire film.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Just in time for hurricane season, this perfect storm of pretentiousness blows into a theater near you.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: E! Online
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Audience Reviews for The Romantics

Good cast, particularly the women, but the characters are so generic and selfish it is hard to care about any of them.
The up in the air ending doesn't help, either.
June 16, 2012
romy861

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Watched half of this on the plane. Character and plot development were both hazy, annoying, pretentious and unconvincing. The best thing I got out of this was watching Josh Duhamel be sexy for an hour and adding the sultry Bedouin Soundclash song, "Brutal Hearts" to my library.
December 29, 2011
Letitia Lew

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It's an all-star cast crammed into a movie that should've never made it off of the pages of the book and onto the silver screen.
August 10, 2011
solesoulsorrow

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While The Romantics might not be for everyone, I thought it was great. In a lot of ways it reminds me of a generational movie, but it doesn't really commit to one specific goal. For being a completely performance and character driven movie, it is really well put together and definitely has a great look. It takes people that we all know or were at some point, making them extremely relatable. There's a nice ensemble here and everyone gets moments to shine; not being focused on one character too much. While this acts an excerpt of these characters' lives, we get a large sense of where they've been and where they're going. This doesn't have the answers, but raises so many important questions for the time period and age group. Katie Holmes, Josh Duhmal, Malin Akerman and practically everyone else give great performances here that are evident even in their shortened time on screen. For Galt Niederhoffer being primarily a writer, she does an amazing job as a first time director.
June 12, 2011
ythelastman89

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    1. Lila: More than what? More than whom?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Lila: He's a groom. Grooms get nervous.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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