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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. Read critic reviews

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Blake Conway, an aspiring journalist, hopeless romantic and college senior, is terrified of graduating. In order to escape her looming post-graduation fate, which includes student debt and zero romantic prospects, she becomes a sugar baby. As she documents the adventure in the hope of winning a journalism award with a generous cash prize, she sets out on a quest to figure out if society is right to judge these women and if her own self-worth comes with a price.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Barden
Blake Conway
Annie Clark
Claire
Carly Stone
Screenwriter
Kyle Mann
Producer
Rob Connolly
Executive Producer
Matthew O'Halloran
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Michael Robert McLaughlin
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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.

    November 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Mirroring its green protagonist, "The New Romantic" presents an image of sophistication while playing with ideas that are out of its depth.

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A somewhat palatable quasi-rom-com that declares the death of contemporary romance from the get-go, only to try and resurrect it later.

    November 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The waif-like Barden is splendid in the central role, using her expressive eyes in the subtlest of ways to convey emotions.

    October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 22, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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