13 essential Netflix romantic comedies, ranked from worst to best by critics

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In an age when major film studios don’t make the once-thriving genre of romantic comedy, Netflix has been steadily filling a niche by releasing original romcoms like “Set It Up” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Netflix’s latest, “Always Be My Maybe,” stars Randall Park and Ali Wong as childhood friends who reconnect years later. It debuted on the streamer on Friday to stellar critic reviews and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Not all of them are as good as “Always Be My Maybe,” though. To find out which of Netflix’s original romantic movies have received similar or lesser acclaim, we turned to Rotten Tomatoes to rank a selection of its essential romantic releases by their critic scores (we broke ties with audience scores).

Here are 13 of Netflix’s original romantic films, ranked from worst to best by critics:


13. “The Kissing Booth” (2018)

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Critic score: 17%

Netflix description: “When teenager Elle’s first kiss leads to a forbidden romance with the hottest boy in high school, she risks her relationship with her best friend.”

What critics said: “It feels like it was written by someone who simply digested everything she was told ‘romance’ was supposed to be by the patriarchy, and vomited back at us. Nearly every cliché in the film feels cribbed from another movie.” – NBC


12. “When We First Met” (2018)

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Critic score: 43%

Netflix description: “Using a magical photo booth that sends him back in time, Noah relives the night he met Avery over and over, trying to persuade her to fall for him.”

What critics said: “It’s like being at a crowded restaurant and eavesdropping on the same bad first date over and over and over again. You’d probably want to move tables.” – RogerEbert.com


11. “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding” (2018)

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Critic score: 47%

Netflix description: “A year after helping Richard secure the crown, Amber returns to Aldovia to plan their wedding. But her simple tastes clash with royal protocol.”

What critics said: “‘The Royal Wedding’ is an addictive movie that will make you cancel your social life, because you must watch it every single night for two weeks.” –Business Insider


10. “Christmas Inheritance” (2017)

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Critic score: 50%

Netflix description: “To inherit her father’s company, socialite Ellen must first visit his small hometown, where she learns the value of hard work and helping others.”

What critics said: “It seems to have a self-satisfied earnestness that makes you want to sit it down and go, ‘Hey Christmas Inheritance. What exactly do you think you’re doing here?'” – Entertainment Weekly


9. “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” (2018)

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Critic score: 64%

Netflix description: “A wrong-number text sparks a virtual romance between a smart but unpopular teen and a sweet jock who thinks he’s talking to a gorgeous cheerleader.”

What critics said: “From the script to the music to the unfinished-feeling sound edit … nothing about Sierra Burgess feels like it got past a first draft.” – Vulture


8. “A Christmas Prince” (2017)

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Critic score: 70%

Netflix description: “Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she’s sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince who’s poised to be king.”

What critics said: “As each scene proceeded, I thought, I think I know what’s going to happen. And I did! Picked it every time.” – Cosmopolitan


7. “Happy Anniversary” (2018)

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Critic score: 83%

Audience score: 52%

Netflix description: “A quirky couple spends their three-year dating anniversary looking back at their relationship and contemplating whether they should break up.”

What critics said: “It is a rare rom-com about what happens after the meet-cute and ensuing honeymoon phase, and it sincerely captures the restlessness that comes when external forces are putting pressure on your relationship.” –Decider


6. “Someone Great” (2019)

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Critic score: 83%

Audience score: 66%

Netflix description: “On the heels of a blindsiding breakup, music journalist Jenny braces for a new beginning – and one last adventure with her closest friends.”

What critics said: “A movie that’s best experienced while lazing on the couch, preferably on the morning after a wild night out.” – The Atlantic


5. “Our Souls at Night” (2017)

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Critic score: 90%

Netflix description: “After widowed neighbours Addie and Louis begin sleeping in bed together platonically to alleviate their loneliness, a real romance begins to blossom.”

What critics said: “These are good people, and these are great actors portraying these good people, and if you not rooting for Louis and Addie to find comfort and love and peace with one another in their last years, then I just don’t know what to tell you.” – Chicago Sun-Times


4. “Always Be My Maybe” (2019)

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Critic score: 91%

Audience score: N/A

Netflix description: “Reunited after 15 years, famous chef Sasha and hometown musician Marcus feel the old sparks of attraction but struggle to adapt to each other’s worlds.”

What critics said: “Ultimately, Wong and Park and their mutual affection carry the movie, assisted by a gut-busting cameo by Keanu Reeves, of all people, portraying a do-gooder rival for Sasha’s affections.” – AV Club


3. “Set It Up” (2018)

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Critic score: 91%

Audience score: 68%

Netflix description: “In desperate need of a break from the office, two beleaguered assistants team up to trick their workaholic bosses into falling in love.”

What critics said: “It’s wildly predictable and a little cheesy. And yet, it’s an absolute gem of a movie.” – Washington Post


2. “Tramps” (2016)

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Critic score: 95%

Netflix description: “Pulled into a shady briefcase swap for different reasons, young strangers Danny and Ellie spend an eventful night together when the deal goes wrong.”

What critics said: “At a time when American romantic comedies aim for broad humour and questionable gender politics, [the film] provides a more intimate contrast to the market standard. If romantic comedies need a saviour, Leon may be their best hope.” – Indiewire


1. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018)

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Critic score: 97%

Netflix description: “When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down.”

What critics said: “Centineo is the big beating heart at the center of the somewhat reserved ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.’ He’s a lot like his character, bringing out the best in this love story.” – Los Angeles Times

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