Something New Reviews

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November 28, 2006
Generally the story swings wildly from preachy to just plain silly. It is truly a story of missed opportunities.
November 25, 2006
There's zero chemistry between the leads; for all their passionate declarations of love, you never believe they've even spoken to each other before the cameras start turning over.
November 23, 2006
By and large this is a hollow, laugh-free zone paying lip service to the issue in trite, predictable fashion.
February 16, 2006
It's just too bad that this half-realized concept is tethered to an utterly unconvincing, warmed-over interracial romance rooted more in Harlequin fantasy than social realism.
February 3, 2006
This is an inept and unsubtle romantic fantasy about how black people and white people don't mix.
February 3, 2006
It sometimes seems at odds with itself, vacillating between a realistic presentation of the obstacles black professional women face finding a suitable mate and another bit of Hollywood fluff where their skin color is glossed over.
February 3, 2006
The race card is still in play no matter what the social strata, but the message gets lost in the medium of excessive cuteness and too many contrived disagreements in dialogue.
February 3, 2006
Something New isn't Something Hilarious. But it is sweet enough and provocative enough to make it Hollywood's best date movie this Valentine's Day.
February 3, 2006
How many other movies dare to suggest that some white guys have soul, and some black guys are plain vanilla?
February 3, 2006
Hamri delivers a thoughtful, entertaining, imperfect but solidly adult movie about the inconvenient path of true love.
February 3, 2006
What sets it slightly apart is a willingness to deal with a potentially tricky subject -- race -- in the context of light-hearted fluff.
February 3, 2006
The film's lack of depth as it oversimplifies the complexities of racism keep it from being anything other than a lightweight date movie.
February 3, 2006
Something New is actually something totally unexpected: a blissfully swoony romance spiked with frank talk about race and class that nudges the plot forward but never feels forced.
February 3, 2006
Something New is a message movie and it doesn't hide that fact. But it also goes beyond the message, and that's why it works.
February 3, 2006
Even when skewering the pompousness of upper-class black mobility, it's still adorable.
February 3, 2006
If February is prime time for celebrating romance and black culture, then Something New delivers a powerfully seductive two-for-the-show.
February 3, 2006
Something New is an observant, clever riff on the familiar problems of romance and the career gal.
February 3, 2006
Charming and surprisingly sharp.
February 2, 2006
The screenplay is smart, witty and understated, and director Sanaa Hamri shows a firm hand with her actors and injects the movie with a fresh energy that lives up to the title.
February 2, 2006
Sanaa Lathan's classiness flows from the poise she projects...Her cool understatement helps put over Something New's premise -- which, if not old, is no longer in its 20s.
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