Netflix Rom-Coms 2018 Comparison, Most Popular Romantic Comedies


We’d like to give a warm and hearty shout-out to Netflix! Thank you, dear streaming service, for successfully bringing back the rom-com in 2018. The Kissing Booth, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess is a Loser — there’s certainly no shortage this year.

But, while each one has made its fair share of headlines, that doesn’t mean that they’re equally beloved. We did some research and found that one of your faves has over a 90% rating — from critics AND audiences — while another fave couldn’t even snag 15% from reviewers. To find out where all of this year’s most popular Netflix rom-coms rank, let’s compare ’em all, shall we?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

In just a few short weeks, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has quickly risen to the top of our list of favorite teen rom-coms movies of all time! Not only is it based on one of our favorite YA books, but the chemistry between Lana Condor and Noah Centineo is off the CHARTS.

This perfectly unproblematic tale of a teen girl’s secret love letters being exposed has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Currently, the movie boasts a 96% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and a 91% Audience Score. That’s better than Love, Simon, Crazy Rich Asians AND Avengers: Infinity War!

Set It Up

The combination of Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell proved to be a solid match in Set It Up. Their plan to match-make their bosses, played by Lucy Liu & Taye Diggs, only for them to fall for each other? BRILLIANT rom-com premise, TBH.

Critics agreed, giving the film a solid 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Shockingly, there’s a 20% disparity between critics and audiences, with only 69% of the viewing public liking the production. Still, that’s a far better score than plenty of others on this list.

Alex Strangelove

Alex Strangelove is remarkably refreshing and progressive for a teen film. Unlike the traditional Love Story™ — you know, girl meets guy, they fall in love, yadda yadda yadda — this flick, which came out in early June, focuses on a young man’s journey of sexual exploration; one in which he plans to lose his virginity to his girlfriend… only to fall for a gay guy from the other side of town.

The romantic comedy received an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not too shabby. Audiences didn’t seem to care for it quite as much, with only 68% liking the film — that’s 1% less than Set It Up.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser

When we first watched Sierra Burgess is a Loser, we instantly fell in love. We thought, “Yes! Another win for Noah Centineo!” However, the more we thought about it, and the more we watched, we noticed quite a few issues with the movie, including moments of homophobia, transphobia and sexual assault.

Viewers definitely saw the issues with the Shannon Purser-led flick, too. Critics gave it a 62% fresh Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences gave it 44%. Yikes.

When We First Met

If you don’t even remember seeing When We First Met as an option on Netflix, that’s probably because it was released all the way back in February, before all of the successful rom-coms made their way to the streaming service. Alexandra Daddario, Adam Devine, Robbie Amell & Shelley Hennig may sound like a winning foursome, but the Groundhog Day-like film left much to be desired.

Critics were definitely NOT fans of the romantic comedy, only providing a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It fared a bit better with audiences; a whopping 59%. …Win?

The Kissing Booth

The concept of The Kissing Booth sounds like rom-com GOLD: A teen girl is forced to confront her secret crush — her best friend’s brother! — at a kissing booth. Plus, knowing that the two people playing the aforementioned characters, Joey King & Jacob Elordi, are dating in real life after meeting on the set of TKB? That means they had to have had AMAZING chemistry.

And yet… the ratings are AWFUL. The Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer only shows a 13% rating from critics. That’s it! Oh well… least 64% of audiences liked it — that’s more than we can say for When We First Met or Sierra Burgess is a Loser.

So, how’d your all-time favorite Netflix romantic comedy fare on the list?

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