The Trouble with Romance
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The Trouble with Romance
A hotel plays host to four couples who are having problems coping with their relationships in a variety of ways in this independent comedy drama. In one room, a young man who has had bad luck with women is spending the night with a hooker, which proves very uncomfortable for both of them. Elsewhere, a married couple who think the thrill is gone from their sex life decide to add some variety by inviting another woman to join them for the evening. In room number three, a woman who often laments her bad taste in men argues with her former beau about her current significant other -- except that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Very little that anyone here says, or does, has the slightest connection to any known reality, and if a film is going to perform an autopsy on love, the corpse should at least be recognizable."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"If He's Just Not That Into You is a film for women who want to be lied to, then The Trouble with Romance offers a conniving counterpoint for men."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"Often drags with poorly developed characters, awkward pacing and stilted dialogue that has no new or refreshing insights about love, romance or modern relationships."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"This unsexy quirky quartet of talky tales, is a mixed bag of fantasy stranger sex in a threesome with Frisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, um, selling her seat no less, elevator existentialism, and all around bad relationship karma."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"An airless, fragmented feature that's been kicking around since 2007."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The performances are convincing, and director Gene Rhee does a good job of outlining the messiness of human affections here, showing how we don't always know what we really want or how to get it."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"Adds nothing new or fresh to our understanding of sexual politics."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A Cinemax skin flick without the skin."
‑ Nick Schager, The Screengrab
"Ever fast-forward through a late-night cable romance just to get to the good parts? This amateurish relationship dramedy features all the stuff you'd skip, and nothing else."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The roaring void of talent doesn't stop."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Omnibus Hell, decidedly not romantic, and reaching an absolute nadir with a scatological sequence to (hopefully) end them all."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Actorly diarrhea and writerly constipation are the frequent bane of subpar indie flicks, but in Trouble with Romance these flaws are almost instructively exacerbated, like an inverted Syd Field handbook on amateurisms to avoid."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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