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Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore... without the groom. Based on the heralded novel by producer, novelist, director Galt… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

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"The script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"[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..."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Poignant? Only because someone worked pretty hard on this."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"As far as missing-bridegroom movies go, this is less inspiring than The Hangover."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Flimsy melodrama, filled with clumsy, hand-held camerawork and turgid, pretentious literary prattle, signifying very little."
‑ Susan Granger,
"What ensues is a couple of days of confession and mild debauchery. It's all sketchy and banal."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"... isn't so much a romantic comedy as a lightweight indie ensemble drama that never quite gels."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Adapting her novel for the screen, Galt Niederhoffer has improved her own story, tightening the script as well as the cast of characters."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Indie wedding drama is too mature for young teens."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"With its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"If only we had a better feel for these people, some reason to care as much as they clearly do, who's to say how satisfying 'The Romantics' might have been?"
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"The questionable conclusion might not satisfy your need for a definitive finale, but the film doesn't give you much to be satisfied with in the first place."
‑ Daniel Hubschman,
"Has its minor pleasures. But they are too few and far between to warrant sitting through the entire film."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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