The Trouble with Romance Reviews

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
February 26, 2009
The performances are convincing, and director Gene Rhee does a good job of outlining the messiness of human affections here, showing how we don't always know what we really want or how to get it.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
February 26, 2009
This unsexy quirky quartet of talky tales, is a mixed bag of fantasy stranger sex in a threesome with Frisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, um, selling her seat no less, elevator existentialism, and all around bad relationship karma.
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John Anderson
Variety
March 6, 2009
Very little that anyone here says, or does, has the slightest connection to any known reality, and if a film is going to perform an autopsy on love, the corpse should at least be recognizable.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 28, 2009
Often drags with poorly developed characters, awkward pacing and stilted dialogue that has no new or refreshing insights about love, romance or modern relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 27, 2009
Adds nothing new or fresh to our understanding of sexual politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 27, 2009
Omnibus Hell, decidedly not romantic, and reaching an absolute nadir with a scatological sequence to (hopefully) end them all.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 27, 2009
An airless, fragmented feature that's been kicking around since 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 26, 2009
Ever fast-forward through a late-night cable romance just to get to the good parts? This amateurish relationship dramedy features all the stuff you'd skip, and nothing else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Anna King
Time Out
February 26, 2009
If He's Just Not That Into You is a film for women who want to be lied to, then The Trouble with Romance offers a conniving counterpoint for men.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 24, 2009
The roaring void of talent doesn't stop.
Nick Schager
The Screengrab
February 24, 2009
A Cinemax skin flick without the skin.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2009
Actorly diarrhea and writerly constipation are the frequent bane of subpar indie flicks, but in Trouble with Romance these flaws are almost instructively exacerbated, like an inverted Syd Field handbook on amateurisms to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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