The New Romantic Reviews

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October 30, 2019
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.
April 13, 2019
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 9, 2019
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.
February 7, 2019
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.
January 3, 2019
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).
November 20, 2018
Carly Stone, a first-time writer-director, introduces a startling degree of pain yet lacks the willingness to fully reckon with it.
November 17, 2018
The New Romantic suggests, how ever you package it, there's a possibility all our wanderings might still come back to love. Maybe it speaks to some of the deepest longings of our heart.
November 13, 2018
The New Romantic follows a very familiar arc, but the path is certainly a pleasant one, thanks to Barden's naturally ebullient performance.
November 9, 2018
Hinting at contemporary relationship insight without offering any meaningful substance, this breezy romantic comedy is only sporadically engaging.
November 9, 2018
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.
November 9, 2018
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
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.
November 9, 2018
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 7, 2018
A marginal "sugar baby" rom-com hobbled by the ridiculously under-age looking leading lady.
November 7, 2018
... an absolutely refreshing take on a rom-com/coming-of-age story ...
November 6, 2018
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.
October 22, 2018
Clever writing and a solid lead actor will only take you so far, but that might just be far enough for this lighthearted feature.
October 18, 2018
The New Romantic mixes prickly comedy with incisive character moments, fully aware of the disconnect between Blake's impossible expectations and the lives of everyone else around her.
October 18, 2018
The waif-like Barden is splendid in the central role, using her expressive eyes in the subtlest of ways to convey emotions.
October 16, 2018
Perhaps more egregious than its familiar plot and waste of up-and-comer Jessica Barden is that despite its title, there is nothing "new" or "romantic" about The New Romantic.
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