The Romantics Reviews

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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
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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+
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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
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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
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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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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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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 8, 2010
The all-night orgy of stupidity that ensues is so contrived that instead of examining friendships and love, it only made me wish they had all drowned, saving us from 95 minutes of wooden, boring and inconsequential embarrassment.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 8, 2010
The Romantics gets much of the female chitchat right, from catty asides to sisterly chase-fights in bare feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.