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She's Out of My League Is Minor-League Fun
 She's Out of My League 
 Is Minor-League Fun 
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She's Out of My League Is Minor-League Fun

It's no 10, but some enjoyed this implausible rom-com

(Newser) - You could do better than She’s Out of My League, the latest romantic comedy about a hot girl dating a dweeb. But some critics give it a passing grade. Here’s what they’re saying.
  • “If you're hungry to see a romantic comedy that makes Knocked Up look
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Valentine's Day a Star-Studded Mess
 Valentine's Day
 Star-Studded Mess 
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Valentine's Day a Star-Studded Mess

Critics massacre sappy ensemble romantic comedy

(Newser) - Romantic comedy Valentine's Day is stuffed with stars and subplots, but the quantity doesn't make up for the lack of quality, say critics in mostly negative reviews.
  • This "is a date movie from hell," writes Peter Travers at Rolling Stone , wondering how Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall persuaded
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When in Rome a 'Rom-Bomb'
 When in Rome a 'Rom-Bomb' 
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When in Rome a 'Rom-Bomb'

Flat romantic comedy not as fun as it sounds, say critics

(Newser) - The makers of When in Rome didn't do as makers of good romantic comedies do, say critics in mostly negative reviews.
  • Kristen Bell stars as a workaholic New Yorker besieged by suitors after plucking their coins from a Roman fountain, but the movie's not even as "mildly fun" as
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Amy Adams Can't Save Leap Year
 Amy Adams 
 Can't Save 
 Leap Year 
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Amy Adams Can't Save Leap Year

Irish setting one of few pluses about predictable rom-com

(Newser) - The Irish scenery is charming in the new romantic comedy Leap Year, but most critics run out nice things to say about the movie beyond that.
  • Amy Adams does her best as an American seeking to exploit an Irish tradition about women proposing once every 4 years, but her considerable
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It's Complicated Really a Simple Rom-Com
 It's Complicated 
 Really a Simple Rom-Com 
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It's Complicated Really a Simple Rom-Com

It may not be complicated, but Alec Baldwin's performance shines

(Newser) - Some critics see Nancy Meyers' latest as somewhat more reasoned and subtle than her usual fare. But It's Complicated is still a formulaic flick—with a scene-stealing turn by Alec Baldwin. A few takes:
  • The flick " isn't nearly complicated enough, but at least Meyers has dropped something a bit
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Hear About the Morgans? Keep It to Yourself
 Hear About the Morgans? 
 Keep It to Yourself 
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Hear About the Morgans? Keep It to Yourself

Sam Elliott's mustache steals the show. No, really.

(Newser) - The highlight of Did You Hear About the Morgans? for most critics is their own joke that Sam Elliott's mustache deserves separate billing. Some reactions:
  • The film is so "lumpish and crude" that Colin Covert saves most of his ire for a geographical offense. "The landscape around Yellowstone,
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Avoid This Couples Retreat
 Avoid This Couples Retreat 
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Avoid This Couples Retreat

Cast is having more fun than the audience in marital-strain rom-com

(Newser) - New Vince Vaughn romantic comedy Couples Retreat takes a terrific cast and puts them in a stunning South Pacific location, say critics, but it's marooned them there with an unfunny script.
  • "Four unlikable couples gather at an all-inclusive marriage-counseling resort in this predictable rom-com," writes Ande Dagan at
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Love Kills Laughs in Invention of Lying
 Love Kills Laughs 
 in Invention of Lying  
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Love Kills Laughs in Invention of Lying

(Newser) - Critics agree: The Invention of Lying should have been better. It’s got a great concept, and the subversive moxy to call religion a fib, but then turns into a standard romantic comedy. Here’s what they’re saying:
  • It’s a “wickedly funny idea” with the wickedness taken
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Love Happens Is Manipulative Tripe
 Love Happens 
 Is Manipulative Tripe 
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Love Happens Is Manipulative Tripe

Jennifer Aniston rom-com strikes out with critics

(Newser) - If only love didn't happen. Critics are lambasting Jennifer Aniston's new rom-com, Love Happens—the story of a courtship between a florist and a grieving grief counselor—as predictable and manipulative:
  • It's "an inorganic soap opera," writes Michael Sragow in the Baltimore Sun. "Love happens here with
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All About Steve Bombs for Bullock
 All About Steve 
 Bombs for Bullock 
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All About Steve Bombs for Bullock

Misfiring Sandra Bullock farce a contender for worst movie of the year

(Newser) - New Sandra Bullock vehicle All About Steve is a romantic comedy that lacks romance, comedy, or anything else that would make it watchable, say critics in almost unanimously scathing reviews.
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Bullock, as a delusional crossword puzzle creator who stalks a TV cameraman, "hits the lowest
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Ugly Truth Is Pretty Bad
 Ugly Truth Is Pretty Bad 
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Ugly Truth Is Pretty Bad

(Newser) - Battle-of-the-sexes comedy Ugly Truth combines the worst aspects of male-friendly gross-out comedies with the worst aspects of female-friendly romantic comedies and the results aren't pretty, say unimpressed critics.
  • Refer Guzmán, Newsday: The movie "does a disservice to both genders. Its crass sex jokes feel like chum for mentally
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Critics In Love With (500) Days
 Critics In Love With (500) Days  
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Critics In Love With (500) Days

(Newser) - Critics are head over heels for (500) Days of Summer, a boy-meets-girl flick that shakes things up by telling the story out of order. Here’s what they’re saying:  
  • The movie “turns the genre on its empty head and sees relationships for what they are—a bruising
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Bullock: I Hate Romcoms
 Bullock: I Hate Romcoms 
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Bullock: I Hate Romcoms

(Newser) - Sandra Bullock made a name for herself in romantic comedies but “can’t stand” them now, America's Sweetheart tells the Wall Street Journal. “I always read scripts and go, ‘I want to change the role of Sam to Samantha because it’s written better,’” Bullock...

Management Just Middling
 Management Just Middling 
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Management Just Middling

Oddball rom-com brings mixed reviews

(Newser) - Management isn’t your typical Hollywood fare, and it’s got critics divided. It tells of a quasi-creepy loser (Steve Zahn) pursuing a sales rep (Jennifer Aniston) with a solo life, and somehow holding her attention.
  • It’s “the rare romantic comedy to use good works, recycling and life-improving
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Shopaholic Not So Addictive
 Shopaholic Not So Addictive 
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Shopaholic Not So Addictive

Subprime rom-com maxes out the clichés

(Newser) - Chick-lit flick Confessions of a Shopaholic is one victim the credit crisis should have claimed, say critics. Isla Fisher stars as a credit card addict who lands a job at a financial magazine, but her considerable comic gifts are wasted by a script that turns her into a "babbling...

29 Romantic Movies That Ring True

(Newser) - Romantic movies are often hard to believe, but every once in a while one makes love—or heartbreak—ring true. The Onion runs down 29 films that won’t leave you groaning.
  • Say Anything: John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler, a "kind, decent kid," meets cute Ione Skye in a
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RIP: Obits for Our Culture
 RIP: Obits for Our Culture 

RIP: Obits for Our Culture

(Newser) - Dying is a bit of a buzzkill, but all things must come to an end. AJ Jacobs of Esquire  writes obituaries for music, his manhood, and various other cultural remnants:
  • Romantic Comedy, age 81: On life support long ago—finally dead after someone pitched Kate Hudson a film about a
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Not Much New in This Town
 Not Much New in This Town  
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Not Much New in This Town

Bland rom-com fails to rise above heap of clichés

(Newser) - Fish-out-of-water romantic comedy New In Town takes an old recipe and follows it to the letter, say critics. That's not a good thing. Renee Zellweger stars as a cynical Miami exec sent to cut jobs in an icy Minnesota hamlet full of warm-hearted folks, with results you can see coming...

You May Kiss Off Bride Wars
 You May Kiss Off Bride Wars 
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You May Kiss Off Bride Wars

Lame rom-com makes Bride of Chucky look like Dr. Zhivago

(Newser) - It's only January, but Bride Wars looks like a perfect match for the Worst Film of 2009 title, say critics. It's a "synthetic chick-flick-rom-com-formulaic-retread," writes Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway star as a best friends who become fierce enemies when their weddings...

Infinite Playlist Has Finite Appeal
 Infinite Playlist Has Finite Appeal 
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Infinite Playlist Has Finite Appeal

Love blossoms between indie fans in teen romance with savvy soundtrack

(Newser) - Teen romance Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist turned some critics starry-eyed and others into curmudgeons. Michael Cera and Kat Dennings star as a pair of indie-rock fans who have a crazy night in New York. The "often delightful love story that uses music as its primary backdrop" is reminiscent...

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