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The New Romantic

Blake Conway is an aspiring journalist worried about graduating with debt and no romantic prospects. In order to make her way, she decides to become a sugar baby. What starts out as a story and paycheck turns into a larger discover about judgement and self-worth.
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Film Threat by

Rich with talent, this flick is missing that fundamental thing that sets one rom-com apart from the rest; a lasting feeling that what you’re watching matters, or means something.
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Variety by Amy Nicholson

The film only feigns at analysis. It’s as naïve about love as Blake herself, who skips through the world like a temperamental child.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

It’s a testament to Stone’s sensibilities — and to Barden’s performance — that you want to see these characters stretched out over the course of a 10-episode season, but it’s to the movie’s detriment that they feel so condensed here, various scenes just sloshing into each other without a clear sense of flow.
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The Film Stage by John Fink

The New Romantic is the rare film that presents these relationships without judgment offering up the good, bad, painful, and confusing as a matter of fact.
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Los Angeles Times by Kevin Crust

The New Romantic follows a very familiar arc, but the path is certainly a pleasant one, thanks to Barden’s naturally ebullient performance. Her enthusiasm in the fun parts is infectious, and she holds the camera during the moments of melancholy.
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Movie Nation by Roger Moore

A thin collegiate romance hung on the “sugar babies” concept. You’ve almost certainly heard of this college-coed-seeks-sugar-daddy phenomenon. New Romantic summarizes its appeal and takes the most predictable path to showing our sugar baby the down side.
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The New York Times by Teo Bugbee

Mirroring its green protagonist, The New Romantic presents an image of sophistication while playing with ideas that are out of its depth.

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