The New Romantic

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The New Romantic doesn't quite achieve the level of storytelling sophistication it aspires to, but Jessica Barden's performance elevates this enjoyable rom-com with a twist.

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Frustrated with the lack of chivalrous guys her own age, a college senior gives up on dating for love to date an older man in exchange for gifts instead.

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  • The New Romantic relies too much on rom-com clichés, even when it's trying to subvert them. It's not a bad movie. It's just confused and oversimplified, failing to provide any unique insight into the complexities of contemporary romance.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • Carly Stone's feature directorial debut The New Romantic pays homage to classic love stories by exploring its protagonist's passion for idealized Hollywood romance.

    April 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Written and directed by Carly Stone, The New Romantic is both hilarious and heartbreaking in its authenticity, with Barden showcasing tremendous vulnerability and painting a genuinely convincing portrait of an ambitious girl with a story to tell.

    April 9, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Cannot decide if it wants to be a smutty sitcom or a terrible made-for-TV movie torn from last year's headlines and winds up coming across as a mashup of both.

    February 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The New Romantic (the debut feature of writer-director Carly Stone) is too slight, both in terms of theme and general characterization, to match up to Barden's performance (which will probably not get the attention it deserves).

    January 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Carly Stone, a first-time writer-director, introduces a startling degree of pain yet lacks the willingness to fully reckon with it.

    November 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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