‘Love, Simon’ leading man Nick Robinson is this year’s Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet was the break-out star of 2017, due largely to his lead role in Luca Guadagnino‘s LGBT critical smash “Call Me By Your Name.” Chalamet was hailed by critics and adored by audiences for his weighty, emotional performance as a teenager who falls in love with a man in 1980’s Italy. At the tender of age of 22, Chalamet became the youngest person to be nominated for Best Actor at Oscars since Mickey Rooney in 1939 (for “Babes in Arms”) and the first person born in the 90’s to be nominated for the award.

Nick Robinson could follow in Chalamet’s footsteps this year. He stars in “Love, Simon” as Simon Spier, a closeted 17-year-old boy who falls in love with a fellow closeted boy via email. Directed by Greg Berlanti and based on Becky Albertalli‘s bestseller “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” it’s the LGBT, 2018 version of “You’ve Got Mail.”

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Robinson is being hailed in much the same way as Chalamet for his performance as a young gay man struggling with his sexuality. While Chalamet starred in an indie film, Robinson headlines  a mainstream romantic drama, but that’s the only major difference. They both give emotional, nuanced performances packed full of relatable moments full of truth and they are both adores by critics.

In the Hollywood Reporter, Boyd van Hoeji called Robinson’s performance “intimate and piercingly honest, the true breakout of the film.” And Rolling Stone reviewer Peter Travers observed “Nick Robinson is wonderfully funny and touching as Simon Spier, an exuberant gift.”

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However, it’s not just Robinson in particular who has earned stellar notices.  “Love, Simon” as a whole has been given pretty damn good reviews overall. Glenn Kenny of the New York Times championed the film and observed “the spectacularly charming cast, led by the young Nick Robinson in the title role (who brings a knowing touch of 1980s Matthew Broderick to some of his line readings), puts it all across, including a genuinely crowd-pleasing ending.”

It’s Rotten Tomatoes score is 93% – that’s the same as “Dallas Buyers Club” (which won Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey) and just two points behind “Call My By Your Name.” Critics love this film as much as audiences do.

Deadline Hollywood’s Pete Hammond enthused that audiences “are guaranteed to fall in love with this sweet, funny coming-of-age film” and indeed they did, with it making more than $66 million worldwide. Peter Debruge of Variety called it “groundbreaking on so many levels.” And over at Screen Rant, Molly Freeman noted that “the film is a funny, heartfelt, and truly touching teen romantic comedy that instantly becomes a modern classic for today’s generation.”

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