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  • Summary: Nate Shepherd, late 40's, and Jenny Sparks, early 30's, meet in a fancy New York eatery. Complete strangers who have had a rotten day, waiting for their better halves, they reveal to one another that they are going to meet new people tonight. They quickly realize they are waiting for each other. When Nate loses his girlfriend (after getting fired from his cushy job at an ad agency) and Jenny loses her boyfriend to a drug overdose, Nate’s girlfriend (Adi) suggests that they should move in together as friends to split the rent and ease each others pain. Jenny supports Nate when he realizes his dream to write a novel and Nate is there for Jenny as she struggles to come to grips with her late boyfriend’s sordid past. As their friendship grows into something more, their relationship becomes a loving but complicated experience. What ensues is joy, pain, and understanding. (New Films Cinema) Collapse
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 8, 2011
    40
    Cohabitation "commandments" and talk of "chick flicks" further send the material into a cutesy tailspin, with the script's low point an egregious scene featuring Nate sneaking a peek at a silhouette of Jenny undressing behind a curtain.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 10, 2011
    40
    Steve Guttenberg is probably supposed to be a lovable loser in A Novel Romance, a drab, clumsy film by Allie Dvorin, but he can manage to be merely annoying. Mr. Guttenberg, though, deserves only part of the blame for this unrewarding movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 10, 2011
    30
    Grotesquely straining to ridicule and validate its hero simultaneously, A Novel Romance will disappoint even Guttenberg diehards.
  4. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Nov 8, 2011
    25
    For a film about writing a novel, A Novel Romance is surprisingly shallow in regard to its characters and superficial in terms of its chapter-structured façade.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 11, 2011
    0
    Wince-worthy as Guttenberg is, he cannot be accused of being worse than the amateurish direction and the trite script (both by Allie Dvorin) stuffed with insufferable romcom banter and putrid dirty jokes. Some films go straight to video; this one should have bypassed that step and headed for the incinerator.