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New In Town (2009)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 119

Cliched and short on charm, New In Town is a pat genre exercise that fails to bring the necessary heat to its Minnesota setting.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 34

Cliched and short on charm, New In Town is a pat genre exercise that fails to bring the necessary heat to its Minnesota setting.



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Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. headline this romantic comedy about an ambitious Miami executive who meets the man of her dreams and begins reassessing her big-city values after accepting a temporary transfer to the middle of nowhere. When it comes to climbing the corporate latter, Lucy Hill (Zellweger) is a good few rungs above her closest competitor; she's got ambition to spare, and she cares more about driving the latest model car and filling her closet with shoes than making friends


Comedy, Romance

Kenneth Rance, C. Jay Cox

May 26, 2009


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All Critics (182) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (119) | DVD (10)

Zellwegger struggles in a frosty role that forces her into one comic indignity after another.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Sweet, gooey romantic comedy.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

New in Town is old, and worn out. Its joints are creaky, it smells like mothballs, and it just keeps repeating the same old stories over and over again.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source:

Bright and engaging, this film is just a bit of watchable fluff without a single moment of originality

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Zellweger exudes none of the warmth and winsome behavior that helped raise the first Bridget Jones film to something solid.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

A transparent fish-out-of-water romantic comedy by A Danish director which won't work with an American audience.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Danish director Jonas Elmer doesn't quite understand romantic nuance.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It pains me to admit, and I may be distinctly in the minority here, but I really liked this film.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieWeb

This fish-out-of-water romantic comedy offers nothing new and sticks to a comfortingly predictable formula.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Most of the time [Zellweger] looks uncomfortable in the role -- as in, what am I doing in this hammy, undercooked movie?

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The film starts off as a tedious, lifeless ordeal and it stays that way with a vengeance.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This is a dopey piece of work, slack, derivative, sentimental.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Jokes fall flat, the story goes limp and Zellweger will no doubt want to forget she was ever New in Town.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

Predictable and uninspired, it is one more example of the dumb comedies that Hollywood is churning out at an alarming rate.

March 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Renée Zellweger's rabbity, dimply pout - surely the strangest facial expression in Hollywood - simpers and twitches out of the screen in this moderate girly flick that adheres with almost religious fanaticism to the feelgood romcom handbook.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The most shocking thing about New In Town is the sheer lack of care that seems to have gone into it. It's as if a terrible TV script has been pulled out of a dusty drawer and padded out into a movie.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

must have paid Zellweger a lot of money. Romcom fans should save theirs for repeat outings to He's Just Not That Into You.

February 27, 2009
Heat Magazine

Handed a role that will amuse nobody but her bank manager, Zellweger displays an infectious lack of enthusiasm, convincing only in capturing the look of someone who wishes they would rather be anywhere else. It's easy to sympathise.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Recalling the shmaltziest bits of similar city-slicker-meetsbumpkin romcoms like Doc Hollywood and Sweet Home Alabama, New In Town is pure Valentine's Day drivel.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for New In Town

Yes, it's got the same old clichà (C)s but it's not so bad it can't be watched.
January 10, 2013

Super Reviewer

It is a familiar theme - up-and-coming corporate executive comes to town to close down its only plant, but falls in love with town and some guy and does all she/he can to save the town business. For some reason, I was not happy with Renée Zellweger's performance. It is hard to see Renée as a corporate executive.
September 23, 2012

Super Reviewer

New In town had to potential in being a good film. Unfortunately, it's an awful mess of a romantic comedy that relies on the same old repetitive clichés. New In Town was a boring, unimpressive film that proves once again that Renee Zellweger can't act. The film is boring, dull and poorly executed. I hated the film. I found the jokes to be uninteresting, and if they were supposed to be funny, I forgot to laugh. This is a pointless romantic comedic with a bad cast (aside from J.K Simmons, who's wasted here), this film is terrible. Director Jonas Elmer can't craft an effective plot, or direct a good film for that matter. The film lumbers along like your typical romantic comedy, and doesn't do anything new with the formula. The best way I could describe this film, is simply that it's a waste of time. The film simply wasn't entertaining. The cast wasn't good and the plot was dull, uninteresting, and you lost interested halfway through. New In Town is one of those films that you wish was never made. The film doesn't do anything whatsoever to immerse you into its story. Instead, the film irritates you, and makes you wish it was over. Of all the romantic comedies that I have seen, New In Town is one of the worst. Writing wise, acting wise, the film absolutely doesn't cut it. This a mess of a film that uses overused clichés to try and create something refreshing, but it doesn't work. New In Town is a boring, poorly crafted film that is worth avoiding!
November 10, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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