December 8, 2011
Critics Consensus: New Year's Eve Drops the Ball
This week at the movies, we've got a star-studded celebration (New Year's Eve, starring Hilary Swank and Halle Berry) and adventures in babysitting (The Sitter, starring Jonah Hill and Ari Graynor). What do the critics have to say? Director Garry Marshall certainly has a yen for celebrity-populated, holiday-centric comedies, but critics say his latest, New Year's Eve, is even weaker than the thematically similar (and critically panned) Valentine's Day, stranding a terrific cast in a thinly plotted, schmaltzy confection. In theory, an irresponsible babysitter and his bratty charges embarking on a precarious journey through the big city could be a recipe for hilarity, but critics say The Sitter only occasionally lives up to its promise.