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. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    One of the best films of this year...unlike anything you've seen on the big screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Ray Sawhill
    A landmark -- the first movie to give a convincing, feature-length account of sex from a woman's point of view.
  3. 80
    A dark and unsparing study of female masochism and a brittle sex comedy of manners, Romance is unsettled in tone, to say the least.
  4. No other mainstream movie has so openly tackled the subject of female sexual experience.
  5. 75
    I did not really enjoy this movie, and yet I recommend it. Why? Because I think it's on to something interesting. Here is a movie about a woman who never stops thinking. That may not be as good for you as it is for her.
  6. Despite many flaws...Romance is unquestionably an important film.
  7. 70
    There's never been a movie director like Catherine Breillat, a fearless visionary and one hell of a woman.
  8. The movie is a footnote as well, a minor reference back to the days when people yearned for a cinema that was serious and erotic at the same time.
  9. A singularly cheerless trip, explicit but sterile, racy but dull.

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