Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 27, 2013
    The wispy premise of Newlyweeds, written and directed by Shaka King, is kept afloat by its attractive, youthfully vital cast (along with some well-timed comic relief by way of some familiar faces).
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 25, 2013
    I’m saying that King has fearlessly forged into unexplored territory — that being the African-American stoner comedy, with an adult audience in view – and the results are profoundly hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, often brilliant and entirely devoid of political piety.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Sep 20, 2013
    Writer-director Shaka King clearly knows this world, perhaps too well, but making pot use, or denial, the focus of nearly every scene becomes tedious.
  4. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 20, 2013
    Director Shaka King has made a film of big laughs and big heart that makes one long for one long green detour without pandering to the pot-hawks who, unrelatedly, also like the lowest-common-denominator appeal of most pot films without realizing they’re being patronized.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 19, 2013
    The sights, sounds and sociological quirks of Lyle's and Nina's particular circle of existence are what give Newlyweeds its indie resonance, less a city symphony than an urban alt-fugue.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 18, 2013
    Despite the hard lessons learned, King seems to have a pretty deep appreciation for Lyle and Nina’s drug of choice — and you’ll probably enjoy the movie a little more if you feel the same. Just think twice if you’re planning to sneak some homemade brownies into the theater when you see it.
  7. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 18, 2013
    At times, it’s surprisingly compelling, thanks to King’s surefooted direction of actors and well-honed formal sense; while the movie’s execution never quite makes up for its conception, it does elevate it above, well, just being the sort of movie that would be called Newlyweeds.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 18, 2013
    Newlyweeds, for all its freshness, never really lands. It remains suspended in a haze of secondhand smoke.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Sep 17, 2013
    The movie has a certain dark charm, and often feels like early Spike Lee in its energetic depiction of working-class Bed-Stuy folk.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 17, 2013
    Debut writer-director Shaka King dramatizes her characters' descent into disarray with disarming intimacy.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Sep 17, 2013
    Newlyweeds looks and sounds primo. Storytelling-wise, however, it’s more than one toke over the line.
  12. Reviewed by: Kelvin Henely
    Sep 16, 2013
    Going neither in the direction of Reefer Madness nor a Cheech and Chong movie, it's both funny and serious, and its depictions of pot-smoking could be read as either promotional or cautionary.

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