75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The Romantics isn't as consistent or as well-rounded as its parent, "The Big Chill," or as entertaining as its less literate but more extroverted cousin, "St. Elmo's Fire," but with its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The Romantics can be charming, and Holmes tackles her meatiest role since the superb "Pieces of April." But the script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's hard to care about people this generic - even when they're naked.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Landing somewhere between a generational comedy and soap opera, the film is forgettable fun.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Clumsy camera work adds to the pre-wedding jitters in writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's pashmina-thin drama about attractive self-congratulatory Yale alumni gathering for the nuptials of two of their own.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's a shame, but perhaps no surprise, that Niederhoffer was unable to transfer her astute vision to the big screen.
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40

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Will Tom choose the woman before him, or the maid of honor just a few feet behind? Unfortunately, given barely any idea of who these people are beyond their contrived literary inclinations and impeccable fashion sense, it's hard to muster much emotional investment in the decision.
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40

Movieline

The mannerisms and phrasings that Holmes mimics - call it strenuous naturalism - are so recognizably Cruise that instead of establishing Laura's inner conflict she lets the strange life of Katie Holmes (Scientologist starlet, Suri momma, and Cruise-candy) slip onto the screen.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Romantics is a misnomer. "The Spoiled Melodramatics" would be more accurate. Or better yet, "The Pretentious Ones."
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I wanted Paquin, who deserves better than this, to call on her vampire pals from "True Blood" and yell, "sic em!" Oh wait, they're already bloodless.
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43 out of 100
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