10+ The Broken Hearts Gallery Reviews – a much needed timely, feel good romcom

The Broken Hearts Gallery ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

It was the profound wisdom of The Beatles that wrote “All you need is love.” John, Paul, George and Ringo, lovely, legendary musicians.

Some movies come along at the right time. For romcoms — those love-inspired jaunts — on date night, that is every weekend. This particular one makes you feel good about the human spirit and we definitely need more of that in 2020. It’s been a wrecked year so far.

Lucy’s gallerist idol Eva Woolf (Bernadette Peters) sums the theme up well: “Pain, my dear, is inevitable; it’s what you do with it that matters.” That message feels especially relevant in the midst of a pandemic where people have been relying on art to get through quarantine.

‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ Is Exactly What the World Needs Right Now

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Emotional Hoarding

The whole idea of keepsakes from prior romances is the central focal point, and it’s a good one in the dedicated delivery of Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan). Her portrayal is so crisp, clean and fast that we never have time to linger around and get bored with the concept.

Humor is mixed

The comedy part — the “com” in romcom — isn’t laugh out loud funny, but it made me smile in a few parts. I looked over at Kara several times and she was smiling. She was sold on this one.

My favorite side character is the boyfriend of the roommate that doesn’t talk.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The Broken Hearts Gallery?


  1. Carla Renata: “…is fresh, fun, full of rapid fire dialogue and cheap laughs, but entertains and reminds us all that the thing that breaks you is the very thing that ultimately makes you whole.”
  2. Hannah Wales / The World of Celebrity: “Most romcoms are predictable as hell and The Broken Hearts Gallery is no different. Krinsky tries hard to make this not cheesy and she does well until the ending. But she deserves praise for her superb writing and character creation as well as the subplot about Lucy’s mother, which makes this film feel less fluffy and lightweight. “
  3. Hayley Reviews: “For a few hours I got to forget the worries of the world and following this I felt positively pumped and raring to go. It also make me long for a night of dancing – I sure can’t wait for those sorts of nights to come back.”
  4. Kate Sanchez / But Why Tho? A Geek Community: “…is a phenomenal romantic comedy that embodies everything that is right in the genre and side steps many of the problematic issues in it as well.”
  5. No More Workhorse: “Funnily enough, the idea is not as quirky and ‘right on’ as the writer and director may think.  There is actually a long-established Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb which explores the same thing. “
  6. Often Off Topic: “…let me tell you how much I adored this movie. It is SO CUTE. I’m going to try and refrain from gushing about how much I fell in love with Dacre Montgomery but you guys. I loved him enough in Stranger Things but there’s something about him here I can’t explain. His eyes! How can a man be so…pretty? I digress. One of the many things I love about this movie is its lead, Geraldine Viswanathan.”
  7. Rathpeacon Rambler: “All in all, I would recommend this movie to anybody who likes rom-coms. There are plenty of laughs, a bit of lovin’ and a few emotional scenes that will tick your boxes. A bit predictable, but aren’t all romantic comedies??”
  8. Red Mango Reviews: “…hits every rom-com cliche in the book. Quirky female lead with artsy job, super good-looking love interest, weirdo best friends who always put her first, blah, blah, blah. It’s predictable as it gets…and DAMMIT I LOVED THIS MOVIE!”
  9. Salt Lake Film Review: “The script is sharp and consistently funny and the direction is, well, good enough. It’s admittedly kind of formulaic and predictable, but that’s something I didn’t mind at all.”
  10. Trailer Trashed: “Overall, I left the cinema this evening with a really uplifting feeling.  This film made me feel good and I had a blast watching it.”

Not Recommended

  1. Tower City Media: “The concept of starting a gallery of heartbreaks as art. Give objects a deep connection to show people aren’t alone in pain, is strong. The fact the movie had to say out loud what Lucy’s deal has been the whole time feels too easy, but it’s use is well measured and help make it the uplifting film it is, but it is still centered on very millennial feelings. From the fact the gallery grew from social media, and the focus of grief older generations don’t feel the same, it has a target demographic that it won’t hit in theaters.”

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The Broken Hearts Gallery ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

The Broken Hearts Gallery – PG-13 – 1 hr 49 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Saturday September 12, 2020
Regal 16 Cinemas – Lacey, Washington
#33 new movie seen in theater in 2020

Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) is an emotional hoarder, hanging onto random crap that reminds her of her past relationship partners. She works at an art gallery and after her most recent break-up, dips too much into the tequila and ends up getting fired.

On the way home she decides to take a Lyft and gets in Nick’s car calling him by the Lyft driver’s name. The only problem is Nick is not a Lyft driver and Lucy continues to ignore him and ask him for a ride home. On the way, she tells Nick about her break-up.

And thus begins Lucy’s interest in cash-strapped Nick, who is trying to remodel his own hotel. Lucy has an inspiration in the balcony to hang the tie of her ex (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and make a shrine to other items from past loves for others. From there it goes online and social, spreading the art of broken hearts.

Lucy’s two girlfriends, one a lesbian who breaks up a lot herself, and another who lives with her mostly mute boyfriend, Jeff (Nathan Dales).

The writing is crisp and the characters are drawn well. There are some innovative touches in a genre — the romcom — that is too often rife with cliches. Downsides? Somewhat easy seeing the long story telegraphed and the ending is sweet, but a little corny.

Despite the shortcomings, the fever pitch phrasing keeps us clicking through the plot. More than a couple a times I looked over and noticed Kara was smiling. This is a great dating movie for couples. We saw it in the theater surrounded by other couples and it makes you feel good.

There aren’t a lot of new movies out there right now, but if you feel safe and want to take out your significant other to a warm-hearted romance with a dash of comedy, this is easy to recommend.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Opening 9-10-2020 in Theaters: The Broken Hearts Gallery

Wednesday, week #37 of 2020 (9/10-9/13/2020)

The one wide release movie in theaters plan continues with a romcom this week. Tenet box office is still chugging away and passed $150 million worldwide to date with $20 million the opening weekend in the United States.

Meanwhile, Mulan are seeing what kind of numbers they can carve in the experimental premium streaming service space (access for those not in the know requires Disney+ subscription and $29.99 to “own” the movie). Disney asserts this is a one-off and while we want Mulan, if it’s a good movie, to do well, our hope is this new release model is not a success (see: Will Movie Streaming Buffet Keep Adding Premium Titles Like Mulan for Extra Fees?). A success will encourage others to try this space. Pretty soon your streaming service will cost $x/month and some percentage of new movies will require an additional fee in order to access before it is released as part of the subscription. It just sounds like another way to surcharge customers.

Just to be clear, we do favor reducing the 90-day theatrical window (see: Collapsing Theatrical Windows Are Not The End Of Cinema Life As We Know It) and technically this supports moving in this direction, but asking people to pay for a subscription and additionally to access to certain new movies doesn’t seem like a moviegoer-friendly idea. Why not just go straight to VOD/PVOD? Why the requirement to be a subscriber of a service and require an additional fee?

(that’s rhetorical, Disney is hoping this will be an incentive for more people to sign up for a monthly or annual subscription)

Most industry articles and Cinemark and Regal (the other two big theater changes) did not like the AMC 17 day theatrical window deal cut with Comcast / Universal, but we did (see: Good deal – AMC strikes historic deal with Universal to shrink theatrical window to 17 days). I think this shows the general disconnect that theater chains and the general movie community have with moviegoers habits. More are migrating to watching movies at home and the pandemic only pushed this process along further. It is probably never going to completely replace watching movies in theaters — nor do we think it should — but it’s foolish not to recognize technology is disrupting the traditional moviegoing experience.

The Broken Hearts Gallery

Since there’s only one new movie coming and we like watching new movies, any movie, no matter how bad or good it looks, is something we’re immediately looking forward to seeing. The trailer looks just OK, and doesn’t spark interest further. We may see it on opening night or wait and see it another day this weekend. It’s not the “hey, we must rush out and see this” like we had with Tenet.

Anticipation: 5/10

Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

FIRST LOOK: The Broken Hearts Gallery

Besides a drive-in screening that sold out in August, The Broken Hearts Gallery courtesy of Sony is one of the four horsemen of wide releases in movie theaters in September 2020.

A romcom with a curious premise focused on people that are “emotional hoarders.”

What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.

Everything You Need to Know About The Broken Hearts Gallery Movie (2020)

The trailer:

As far as movies we enjoy together, romcoms are usually a safe bet for a date night with us, even if the movie is somewhat underwhelming. When you compare this to the other four movies: Tenet, a tentpole Christopher Nolan tech-fest that we just reserved tickets for IMAX screening later today, Greenland, a decent-looking disaster film featuring Gerard Butler and Infidel, a thriller with a largely unknown cast, the severe lack of competition might make the romcom stand out.

Not sure why so many people dump on romcoms. As long as there is good chemistry from the leads and a story that isn’t too much formula: boy meets girl, boy can’t have girl, boy fights to win girl, happily ever after — then, we’ll have a good time. Doesn’t mean we’ll recommend the movie or give it a great review, but we’ll get what we’re looking for.

What do you think of The Broken Hearts Gallery? Any interest in seeing it, whether it is in the theater or waiting the 90 days or so for it to hit the streaming circuit?

The Broken Hearts Gallery opens wide in theaters on September 11, 2020.