Longtime rivalries resurface in the hours before a woman (Anna Paquin) is scheduled to marry the former lover (Josh Duhamel) of her college roommate (Katie Holmes).
" Proves unsatisfying not only because of its unlikable characters and often contrived conflicts but for the thoroughly implausible bride and groom at its core. "
" The script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments. "
" A formulaic rom-com with an Ivy League pedigree and a higher-than-average SAT verbal score. "
" Niederhoffer wears her influences proudly on her sleeve, but crosses that line between homage and mimicry, making it difficult to hear her own voice as a filmmaker. "
" [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... "
" The Romantics gets much of the female chitchat right, from catty asides to sisterly chase-fights in bare feet. "
" What ensues is a couple of days of confession and mild debauchery. It's all sketchy and banal. "
" [It plays] as an elementary game of who-gets-who musical chairs, involving nasty behavior among pretty and thoroughly unconvincing aesthetes. "
" 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. "
" The Romantics is a misnomer. "The Spoiled Melodramatics" would be more accurate. Or better yet, "The Pretentious Ones." "
" A middling little movie that tries to trespass on Bergman-Renoir territory and simply isn't adroit enough to pull it off... "
" Holmes is completely implausible as an insecure outsider, while Paquin isn't nearly threatening enough as her perfect rival. "
" With its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination. "
" The all-night orgy of stupidity that ensues is so contrived that instead of examining friendships and love, it only made me wish they had all drowned, saving us from 95 minutes of wooden, boring and inconsequential embarrassment. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
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