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: 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.
  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: 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 17, 2013
    Debut writer-director Shaka King dramatizes her characters' descent into disarray with disarming intimacy.
  7. 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).

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