Modern Romance
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Opening well past the point favored by most romantic comedies, director/co-writer/star Albert Brooks' take on the genre begins with a breakup. After exchanging harsh words in a diner, Brooks and Kathryn Harrold go their separate ways. Brooks then spends the next few days attempting to forget his troubles through work, exercise, drugs, and other women, torturing himself at each step. While it's hinted early on that this isn't the couple's first breakup, it eventually becomes clear that the they have cycled through the same events for even longer than expected. Meanwhile,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Extremely funny, ultra-hip and alarmingly insightful."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"In Albert Brooks' second comedy, which is both funny and irritating (some of it by design), he plays a nuerotic film editor who's unable to sustain a normal relationship"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Modern Romance explores the dangers of possessive love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Brooks brings his inimitable brand of dry comedy to this look at the world f relationships."
‑ , Film4
"An early-career winner from Albert Brooks."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The first part of the film is farcical and very funny."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Nearly as much as Jerry Lewis, Albert Brooks's comic persona is defined by its unlikability."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Brooks can be very funny, but sometimes his whining mutes the laughs."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Not Brooks at his best, but still amusing"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"There's little to nothing funny about this."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"Ends up more insightful than funny."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"makes the repetition and relative tameness of the primary plot seem all the more obvious"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Another obsessive classic from Albert Brooks"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Yet another Albert Brooks film. Why?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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