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The Romantics

Romance . Drama . Comedy

Seven close friends reunite for the wedding of two of their friends. Problems arise because the bride and the maid of honor have had a long rivalry over the groom.

Actors: Malin Akerman , Candice Bergen , Jeremy Strong , Elijah Wood , Malin Åkerman , Adam Brody , Dianna Agron , Josh Duhamel , Anna Paquin , Katie Holmes
Directors: Galt Niederhoffer
Country: USA
Release: 2010-05-26
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  • 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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    It ends where you want it to begin.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Steve Ramos

    (Holmes) fails to deliver requisite laughs to keep the comedy afloat.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A little of this movie's preppy, whiny expostulation goes a long way.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

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

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A middling little movie that tries to trespass on Bergman-Renoir territory and simply isn't adroit enough to pull it off, and because in its weaker moments it's overheated and silly. Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    It is uncertain, though, how this material is served by disheveled cinematography, shooting handheld on the Hi 8 camcorder I had in high school, apparently editing on two VCRs, and flooding the mix with Forever 21 dressing-room music.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The other alumni, played by Malin Akerman, Adam Brody, Jeremy Strong and Rebecca Lawrence, are given such short shrift that they come across more as sarcastic commentators than as characters.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Though the movie never overcomes the miscasting of its lead couple, The Romantics does show a surprisingly fine authorial touch.

    Slate Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    While in some ways an improvement on the book, this seriocomedy toplining Katie Holmes remains short on truly involving characters or situations, and is likely to spark unflattering comparisons to such vaguely similar, more distinctive films as "Rachel Getting Married" and "Margot at the Wedding."

    Variety Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • 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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    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.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    This sour spin on "My Best Friend's Wedding" (crossed with a pale dose of "The Big Chill") proves unsatisfying not only because of its unlikable characters and often contrived conflicts but for the thoroughly implausible bride and groom at its core.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Instead of originality, The Romantics recycles the same material with a lot of noise masquerading as style, and no substance whatsoever, producing a grotesquerie of caricatures from central casting that are dead on arrival.

    New York Observer Full Review
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