The New Romantic Reviews

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.
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.
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 9, 2018
Hinting at contemporary relationship insight without offering any meaningful substance, this breezy romantic comedy is only sporadically engaging.
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.
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.
March 24, 2018
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 22, 2018
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.