The Top 12 Movie Romances of Summer 2013
3. Before Midnight
The unhappiness Before Midnight's Celine and Jesse are working through isn't what love becomes; it's part of what it is. For now, in the place where our hopes and dreams for fictional characters nestle uncomfortably next to our own disappointments, they're still together. That's more than good enough. --Stephanie Zacharek
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2. Drinking Buddies
Drinking Buddies fits comfortably within director Joe Swanberg's growing niche oeuvre. As we live inside the roller coaster of Luke and Kate's hot-and-cold rhythms, the push-pull of will they/won't they--they're having a sleepover! But they don't kiss! Now they're making romantic dinner plans! But Kate's calling it off!--their torturous, conflicting feelings begin to assume a monumental, generational significance that recalls many of Swanberg's previous works. --Alan Scherstuhl
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1. The Spectacular Now
In The Spectacular Now, two kids as specific as you are fall into slow, uncertain love, their hearts filling up with each other but not always synchronously. You know that person you made out with one weekend in high school, the one whose kiss made the world fall away--but who breezed by like you didn't exist during Monday's passing period? There's plenty of that here, but with one key thing that really would have helped back then: a clear sense of the psychology involved, thanks to (500) Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, working from the novel by Tim Tharp. --Alan Scherstuhl