The Romantics Reviews

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Top Critic
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
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
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
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-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2010
Katie Holmes's trademark smirk may make only one appearance in The Romantics, but this turgid faux indie compensates by eliciting plenty of sneers via its pretentious and phony romantic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Simon Abrams
New York Press
September 8, 2010
The Romantics is the kind of bland romantic melodrama that breeds resentment instead of sympathy for its young protagonists.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 9, 2010
Neo-screwball small talk cinema, Katie Holmes on doormat duty, and Candice Bergen as a neurotic, sour conventional mom setting back women's lib way into the last century, when she conversely reigned as leading small screen feminist on Murphy Brown.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 8, 2010
This is probably not a good movie to see with your fiancée or fiancé.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 10, 2010
Indie wedding drama is too mature for young teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 9, 2010
The Romantics is a misnomer. "The Spoiled Melodramatics" would be more accurate. Or better yet, "The Pretentious Ones."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 7, 2010
[It plays] as an elementary game of who-gets-who musical chairs, involving nasty behavior among pretty and thoroughly unconvincing aesthetes.
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
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
February 13, 2011
... isn't so much a romantic comedy as a lightweight indie ensemble drama that never quite gels.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 8, 2010
Clumsy camera work adds to the pre-wedding jitters in writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's pashmina-thin drama about attractive self-congratulatory Yale alumni gathering for the nuptials of two of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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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
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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
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2010
Proves unsatisfying not only because of its unlikable characters and often contrived conflicts but for the thoroughly implausible bride and groom at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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 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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