Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26

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  1. The fact that Romance was written and directed by a woman doesn't make the film any better; it simply makes it objectionable on other grounds.
  2. Sex may, indeed, be all in the mind, but Romance fails to score in the mind's eye.
  3. 25
    Catherine Breillat's pretentious, meandering, self-indulgent portrait of a libidinously deprived young woman is nothing more than pornography tricked out as feminist parable.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    It's mostly an ordeal--for actress and audience.
  5. As pretentious as it is hard-core specific, this fiercely anti-erotic film makes even the chilly "Eyes Wide Shut" play like "The Big Easy."
  6. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Exists in some kind of limbo, between hard-core porn and European art film, and it's not likely to satisfy fans of either.
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    Reviewed by: Christopher Brandon
    The film so strongly fixates on strange, explicit sexual acts that it forgoes any emotional (i.e. romantic) aspects of sex.

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