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Review: Remember Me

Director Allen Coulter bites off more than he can chew in this rote romantic drama.
Robert Pattinson trades his fangs for James Dean's cool
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 12, 2010
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Review: It's Complicated

It's complicated, and so are my feelings about Nancy Meyer's predictable and overlong boomer-bait rom-com.
Indeed it is
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009
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Review: Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Just in time to round out my Ten Worst Films list comes this witless and excruciating rom-com from Marc Lawrence ( Miss Congeniality ). If you haven't heard about the Morgans, their story will sound familiar pretty quickly
If not, it'll sound familiar pretty quickly
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2009
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Review: The Ugly Truth

The biting revelation promised by the title of Robert Luketic's fluff never bares its teeth.
Not so much ugly as bland
By TOM MEEK  |  July 24, 2009
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Review: (500) Days of Summer

"This is not a love story," (500) Days of Summer 's disembodied narrator tells us. That's mostly a lie.
An odd romantic comedy, but a romantic comedy nonetheless
By SHAULA CLARK  |  July 17, 2009
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Review: Moscow, Belgium

Matty (Barbara Sarafian) is a weather-beaten wreck, a postal-worker mom of three whose vacillating husband has (pretty much) left her for a younger woman.
Tired mom meets 'viking' trucker
By LANCE GOULD  |  April 24, 2009


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Brief fling

Carole Lombard rose to stardom in 1934 and was dead by 1942, killed in a plane crash on her way back from selling war bonds; her last picture, Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be , was released posthumously.  
Carole Lombard’s nine years of stardom
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 08, 2008
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How To Lose Friends & Alienate People

British comics Rich Gervais and Simon Pegg have attempted the jump to Hollywood, opting to squeeze their eccentric personae into a standard romantic comedy.  
Lesson learned, but no laughs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 01, 2008
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Disaster Movie

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (the hacks behind Date Movie and Epic Movie ) unleashed their second witless rehash of pop culture references this year.
Devoid of laughs or recognizable actors
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 03, 2008
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Elsa y Fred | Elsa + Fred

Set in modern-day Madrid, Marco Carnevale’s gentle romantic comedy slaps two touchstone images from Italian cinema on the screen.
Geriatric hijinks abound
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 16, 2008
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The awful truth

Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008


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Tuya's Marriage

Although it begins and ends with a tragically ambiguous image, Wang Quan’an’s film might be the closest thing that Mongolian cinema will ever get to a romantic comedy.
An unforgettable heroine
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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Made of Honor

Paul Weiland’s Made of Honor is not your usual formulaic romantic comedy: it’s stupid, its leading man is unlikable, and its jokes are unfunny and sometimes cruel.
Scottish-related gags and other dumb stuff
By ELIZABETH FLOCK  |  May 07, 2008
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Notes from underground

Although it hardly seems likely in a summer of noisy, box-office-busting sequels, independent cinema thrives, after a fashion, in America.
Celebrating independents at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 27, 2007
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Secrets and spies

Paul Verhoeven has made a brilliant study of the origins and consequences of Fascism. That film, of course, is Starship Troopers.
Black Book ’s mismatched conventions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 11, 2007
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Epic Movie

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the brain warp behind the Scary Movie franchise and Date Movie , again take their tired and not-so-true formula and spoof a list of semi-recent theater fillers).
No remorse
By TOM MEEK  |  January 31, 2007


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Catch and Release

Of all the characters in Susannah Grant’s punishing romantic comedy, Grady, the former fiancé of Gray (Jennifer Garner), has the least to complain about: he’s dead. Watch the trailer for Catch and Release (QuickTime)
Excruciating
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 24, 2007
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Major and minor Billy

Billy Wilder’s expansive career began in Germany at the end of the ’20s, continued briefly in Paris when he fled Hitler in 1933, and picked up in Hollywood the following year.
The HFA celebrates Wilder’s centennial
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  December 07, 2006
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The Holiday

A reminder to all producers: alluding to iconic romantic comedies in a bid for legitimacy can be a dangerous game, even when you have appealing stars. Watch the trailer for The Holiday  (QuickTime)
A safe box office bet
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  December 06, 2006
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John Tucker Must Die

Maybe if John Tucker did die, this sad foray into teen romantic comedy wouldn’t be so demoralizing. Watch the trailer for John Tucker Must Die  (QuickTime)
...and so must this film  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 26, 2006
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Adam and Steve

For the time being, any gay romance movie requires the Brokeback reference.
Takes on same issues as Brokeback , but with a more optimistic attitude
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 27, 2006


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Something New

Director Sanaa Hamri’s first feature doesn’t attempt something new so much as try to revive something old — it’s yet another romantic comedy with a twist.
Rating: 2 stars
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 02, 2006
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Imagine Me & You

Ol Parker tries to do something new with this romantic comedy, but the script, which he also wrote, is as unimaginative as his characters.
Rating: 1 star
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 02, 2006
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The Last Holiday

Queen Latifah has the Alec Guinness role as a quietly desperate type with a terminal prognosis in this remake of the 1950 romantic comedy.
 
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2006