The Romantics Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 8, 2011
Poignant? Only because someone worked pretty hard on this.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
February 13, 2011
... isn't so much a romantic comedy as a lightweight indie ensemble drama that never quite gels.
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
September 24, 2010
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2010
The script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 23, 2010
What ensues is a couple of days of confession and mild debauchery. It's all sketchy and banal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 22, 2010
As far as missing-bridegroom movies go, this is less inspiring than The Hangover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
September 21, 2010
Adapting her novel for the screen, Galt Niederhoffer has improved her own story, tightening the script as well as the cast of characters.
Daniel Hubschman
Hollywood.com
September 21, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 13, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
September 11, 2010
Flimsy melodrama, filled with clumsy, hand-held camerawork and turgid, pretentious literary prattle, signifying very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 10, 2010
[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...
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 10, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 10, 2010
Indie wedding drama is too mature for young teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 10, 2010
Has its minor pleasures. But they are too few and far between to warrant sitting through the entire film.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 10, 2010
With its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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September 10, 2010
Niederhoffer wears her influences proudly on her sleeve, but crosses that line between homage and mimicry, making it difficult to hear her own voice as a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.9/10
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 10, 2010
A middling little movie that tries to trespass on Bergman-Renoir territory and simply isn't adroit enough to pull it off...
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 10, 2010
A formulaic rom-com with an Ivy League pedigree and a higher-than-average SAT verbal score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 10, 2010
Holmes is completely implausible as an insecure outsider, while Paquin isn't nearly threatening enough as her perfect rival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Stevens
E! Online
September 10, 2010
Just in time for hurricane season, this perfect storm of pretentiousness blows into a theater near you.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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