Isn't It Romantic on Netflix reviews: What do critics say about Rebel Wilson rom-com?

Isn’t It Romantic follows the story of New York City architect Natalie, who works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious. When she wakes, she discovers that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare — a romantic comedy — and she is the leading lady…

What do critics say about Isn’t It Romantic?

The rom-com starring Rebel Wilson has a respectable 68 per cent fresh rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The critics’ consensus reads: “It follows as many genre conventions as it mocks, but Isn’t It Romantic is a feel-good rom-com with some satirical bite — and a star well-suited for both.”

Bilge Ebiri for New York Magazine/Vulture:

It’s the Inception of rom-coms. Sort of.

Leah Pickett for the Chicago Reader:

Though the movie’s tropes have been written about or spoofed before in funnier films like They Came Together, this breezy take has heart and a clever resolution.


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Isn’t It Romantic: The Netflix rom-com is available to stream from February 28, 2019 (Image: Netflix)

Peter Travers for Rolling Stone:

Comic tornado Rebel Wilson lifts up this meta-take on romantic comedies and makes it your best bet for a Valentine’s date at the movies.

Too bad about the sucker punch of a happy ending.

Jane Horwitz for the Washington Post:

A visually and verbally ingenious sendup of romantic comedies that wears its candy heart on its sleeve.

Lindsey Bahr for the Associated Press:

It’s an enjoyable surface-level experience that hones in on all the generic rom-com tropes you love to hate.

Brian Lowry for

Isn’t It Romantic has charm to burn, in a light-hearted send-up of romantic comedies that playfully turns all the familiar tropes into a lively vehicle for Rebel Wilson.

Christy Lemire for

Though it’s tasty and enjoyable while you’re watching it, you’ll realize how hungry you are for something heartier soon after you’ve come down from your sugar high.

Stephanie Zacharek for TIME Magazine:

The picture is honest about human hopes and disappointments, even as it acknowledges-and offers-the pleasures of a good romantic comedy.

Katie Walsh for the Los Angeles Times:

“Isn’t It Romantic” walks the line between subversive and sendup. It gleefully makes fun of the well-known tropes of romantic comedies, while also satisfying our desire to delight in said tropes.

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Isn’t It Romantic: Rebel Wilson stars in the rom com which has been received fairly by critics (Image: Netflix)

Dana Schwartz for Entertainment Weekly:

Isn’t It Romantic pulls off a sweet sleight-of-hand trick as a rom-com-within-a-rom-com, mocking all of the classic rom-com tropes while still letting us indulge in them.

Mara Reinstein for Us Weekly:

In skewering all the genre’s cliches, the rom-com still fails to include a relatable and well-earned journey to happily-ever-after. Big mistake. Huge.

Ben Kenigsberg for the New York Times:

Isn’t It Romantic is designed to leave viewers feeling lightheaded and forgetful.

That dizzy sensation could be love – or a mild head injury.

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Isn’t It Romantic: The rom-com has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 68 per cent (Image: Netflix)

Katie Rife for AV Club:

It’s as noncommittal as its lead, Natalie (Wilson)… and that’s one of the best things about it.

April Wolfe for TheWrap:

One of those satires that wants to have its Valentine’s chocolates and eat them too.

Kate Erbland for indieWire:

Every trope, twist, and trick of the genre is up for skewering in the comedy, but the film keeps things light and smart, never dipping into darkness or crass jokes.

Benjamin Lee for the Guardian:

Wilson is a mostly engaging lead and while she’s not a natural with some of the later stage sentiment, her offhand line delivery elevates a number of throwaway jabs and she’s well-suited to physical comedy.

Isn’t It Romantic is available to watch on Netflix on February 28, 2019.