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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite the hard lessons learned, King seems to have a pretty deep appreciation for Lyle and Nina’s drug of choice — and you’ll probably enjoy the movie a little more if you feel the same. Just think twice if you’re planning to sneak some homemade brownies into the theater when you see it. show more

  • 40
    Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter

    Writer-director Shaka King clearly knows this world, perhaps too well, but making pot use, or denial, the focus of nearly every scene becomes tedious. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Going neither in the direction of Reefer Madness nor a Cheech and Chong movie, it's both funny and serious, and its depictions of pot-smoking could be read as either promotional or cautionary. show more

  • 70
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    The movie has a certain dark charm, and often feels like early Spike Lee in its energetic depiction of working-class Bed-Stuy folk. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    Newlyweeds looks and sounds primo. Storytelling-wise, however, it’s more than one toke over the line. show more

  • 83
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    Director Shaka King has made a film of big laughs and big heart that makes one long for one long green detour without pandering to the pot-hawks who, unrelatedly, also like the lowest-common-denominator appeal of most pot films without realizing they’re being patronized. show more

  • 90
    Andrew O'Hehir

    I’m saying that King has fearlessly forged into unexplored territory — that being the African-American stoner comedy, with an adult audience in view – and the results are profoundly hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, often brilliant and entirely devoid of political piety. show more

  • 80
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Debut writer-director Shaka King dramatizes her characters' descent into disarray with disarming intimacy. show more

  • 70
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    The sights, sounds and sociological quirks of Lyle's and Nina's particular circle of existence are what give Newlyweeds its indie resonance, less a city symphony than an urban alt-fugue. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Newlyweeds, for all its freshness, never really lands. It remains suspended in a haze of secondhand smoke. show more

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