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"The New Romantic" follows a very familiar arc, but the path is certainly a pleasant one, thanks to Barden's naturally ebullient performance.
A somewhat palatable quasi-rom-com that declares the death of contemporary romance from the get-go, only to try and resurrect it later.
Mirroring its green protagonist, "The New Romantic" presents an image of sophistication while playing with ideas that are out of its depth.
The waif-like Barden is splendid in the central role, using her expressive eyes in the subtlest of ways to convey emotions.
Setting the bar for the film impossibly high with repetitious references to Nora Ephron classics like Sleepless in Seattle, Stone shows she's got spirit, but maybe not the best judgment, much like her protagonist.
More tragic than funny, but Stone is hoping for laughs - or really, swoons - or maybe just whatever will make audiences happy, an eagerness to please that makes the tone wobble from scene to scene.
The New Romantic is, in many aspects, an old romantic in that capital-R way. A glorification of a past age thought to be lost... Neither she nor the plot quite reach the sublime, but the film is enjoyable nonetheless.
Hinting at contemporary relationship insight without offering any meaningful substance, this breezy romantic comedy is only sporadically engaging.
It's trying to be a romcom without actually being a rom-com and this prevents it from fully developing any of its characters, the attempted romance between Blake and Jacob, and fleshing out what it's trying to say with more certainty.
A marginal "sugar baby" rom-com hobbled by the ridiculously under-age looking leading lady.
... an absolutely refreshing take on a rom-com/coming-of-age story ...
This Canadian Nora Ephron-like rom-com aspires to explore the meaning of love but misses the target because it's not on point about carrying through on its cynicism.
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