The Romantics (2010)
Critic Consensus: The Romantics is visually accomplished, but director Galt Niederhoffer's adaptation of her own novel never finds the passion on the page or offers audiences a reason to invest in these limp love affairs.
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Critic Reviews for The Romantics
The script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.
What ensues is a couple of days of confession and mild debauchery. It's all sketchy and banal.
It's possible that Niederhoffer was too close to her novel to stand back from its excesses. She's made a seriously self-indulgent movie about self-indulgent people.
[It] somehow skirts utter loathsomeness by dint of its elegant camerawork and a few finely tuned performances. I'm not suggesting you run out to the theater and see this, but if it comes on cable someday and you have a big pile of laundry to fold...
Instead of Rachel Getting Married with an Oscar-nominated Anne Hathaway, we get Galt Niederhoffer's misbegotten, miscast snoozefest with Katie Holmes struggling to prove that there is life as an actress while still being Mrs. Tom Cruise.
Audience Reviews for The Romantics
Good cast, particularly the women, but the characters are so generic and selfish it is hard to care about any of them. The up in the air ending doesn't help, either.
Watched half of this on the plane. Character and plot development were both hazy, annoying, pretentious and unconvincing. The best thing I got out of this was watching Josh Duhamel be sexy for an hour and adding the sultry Bedouin Soundclash song, "Brutal Hearts" to my library.
It's an all-star cast crammed into a movie that should've never made it off of the pages of the book and onto the silver screen.
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