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477 Ratings

Modern Romance

Directed by Albert Brooks
United States, 1981
Comedy, Romance


Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between he and his remarkably patient girlfriend.

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Modern Romance Directed by Albert Brooks
They marry, they divorce, they get back together: isn’t that the message of Eternal Sunshine… But whereas in Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s masterpiece the sentiment is reassuring, in Modern Romance it feels cynical, a cheap gag. This isn’t necessarily the criticism it might sound like, but I think it has something to do with the fact that… the conclusion of Brooks’ film seems to punish Mary. Bob smothers, persuades, conquers: ad infinitum.
February 17, 2017
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Brooks supports this unblinking gaze with an aesthetic that prizes long takes, wide and medium shots, and utmost realism, keeping us close to this character even as it refuses to indicate to us how we should feel about him. Robert Cole may be a neurotic monster in some ways, but one of Brooks’s great achievements in Modern Romance is to make him feel all-too-human in his failings.
February 08, 2017
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Spending ninety minutes in the presence of this unflinching manchild and his hapless victim is akin to rubbernecking on the 405, hoping to spot a body bag. Like its companionate programs, Modern Romance swaps slavish devotion for an odious bouquet of physical comedy, sexual jealousy, and not-so-borderline emotional abuse.
February 07, 2017
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