The New Romantic Reviews

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.
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 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
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 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 10, 2018
A clever script and a star-making performance from Jessica Barden elevates The New Romantic, echoing an early 80's John Hughes.
March 23, 2018
The New Romantic is the rare film presents these relationships without judgment offering up the good, bad, painful, and confusing as a matter of fact.
March 19, 2018
It's a solid feature debut for director/screenwriter Carly Stone.
March 16, 2018
The New Romantic is charming and funny, a very overt nod to Nora Ephron.
March 14, 2018
At its best, it's a sweet coming of age story with some keen observations to make about the way women's value is measured and female sexuality perceived.
March 14, 2018
This may be a quick and dirty debut, but there's something ineffably pure about how it portrays someone learning the give-and-take of getting what she wants... a comforting reminder that we're ultimately all just dealing with ourselves.
March 14, 2018
Blake navigates the morally vague world of being a sugar baby with complete control over her body and needs, which is what makes The New Romantic utterly genuine.