Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year-old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.

It’s good to see stories being made about the experiences of gay teens. But this one is typical Hollywood — superficial, clichéd, stereotyped, and saccharine. The cast does a good job of acting their parts, but the script is predictable and superficial. It does make some good points about cyber-bullying. There’s a warmth that is endearing but it’s clearly made for an American teen demographic. Jon Frosch, of The Hollywood Reporter, describes it as ‘… an expertly carved chunk of cheese.’ Pretty accurate.