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The Romantics (2010)

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Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore... without the groom. Based on the heralded novel by producer, novelist, director Galt Niederhoffer, THE ROMANTICS is a Zeitgeist love story and generational comedy that breathes new life into the genre and recaptures the camaraderie of youth. -- (C)Paramount Famous Productions

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

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… | September 23, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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What ensues is a couple of days of confession and mild debauchery. It's all sketchy and banal.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Boston Globe
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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… | September 13, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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[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...

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
Slate
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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… | September 10, 2010
Rolling Stone
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With its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination.

September 10, 2010
New York Post
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Good cast, particularly the women, but the characters are so generic and selfish it is hard to care about any of them. The up in the air ending doesn't help, either.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

Watched half of this on the plane. Character and plot development were both hazy, annoying, pretentious and unconvincing. The best thing I got out of this was watching Josh Duhamel be sexy for an hour and adding the sultry Bedouin Soundclash song, "Brutal Hearts" to my library.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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½

It's an all-star cast crammed into a movie that should've never made it off of the pages of the book and onto the silver screen.

Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark

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