• PG, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Jonas Elmer
    In Theaters:
    Jan 30, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 26, 2009
  • Lionsgate Films


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New In Town Reviews

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

There are precious few laughs to be found in this tale.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2009
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

The screenplay is credited to Kenneth Rance and C. Jay Cox, but it's so shockingly inept, it might have been churned out by some cheap screenwriting software.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 0/5

February 27, 2009
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]

There is the expected smattering of slapstick moments and Connick Jr delivers the requisite outdoorman charm to show Renee just how cool the cold can be.

Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Groundbreaking cinema it ain't, with the story unfolding exactly as you'd expect. But fans of the corn director Frank Capra used to cook will find it a dish to savour.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2009

Sun Online

There are fears the recession could turn into a depression - which is where you'll be if you endure this "romantic comedy" about factory workers facing the sack.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2009
Anthony Quinn

We have to munch through a load of Capra-corn as she switches from corporate hatchet-woman to champion of local business. "You know, you're not so bad when you're unconscious," says Connick Jr of her. We could probably say the same of the scriptwriter.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2009
Jonathan Crocker

Zellweger's face looks stuck in a permanent wince. Oh wait, it's the clunking script about a spike-heeled career girl forced to move from Miami to Minnesota.

Full Review Source: thelondonpaper | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2009
Derek Malcolm
This is London

New In Town is rather like tapioca itself, soggy and virtually tasteless. It's like a Frank Capra movie with hardened arteries.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2009

Daily Record [UK]

Renee whenee looks boredee woardee and unchallenged and that's what you'll be too.

| Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2009


By the time the film presents us with the social problem of getting an errant handful of buckshot fired into your bottom, you realise that everyone has lost faith in the movie.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2009
Victor Olliver

This is not the first movie to have a laugh with the hicks versus city slicks theme - it's a pity director Jonas Elmer didn't add a little acid.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 3/10

February 26, 2009
Matthew Turner

Utterly predictable comedy-drama that stays watchable thanks to a likeable cast and some decent dialogue, even if the Zellweger / Connick Jr pairing doesn't exactly set the screen alight.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2009
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

This is the classic 'How come I never heard of this movie?" One day you are watching TV, and New in Town pops on and nothing makes sense. You wonder how you missed hearing about this film in the theater.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 4/10

February 14, 2009
Stephen Silver
The Trend

All it does is mine stereotypes about the small-town Upper Midwest that were starting to get cliched when "The Music Man" was first staged in 1957.

| Original Score: 0/4

February 11, 2009
Tony Medley

With charming performances by Hogan and Simmons, this is a feel-good movie that I enjoyed. Who cares if it's derivative?

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 7/10

February 8, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Here's a perfect example of bad timing: The release of 'New in Town.'

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2009
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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The offspring of "Baby Boom" meets "Doc Hollywood."

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 7, 2009
Michael Dequina

The sight of the Gold Circle Films logo at the top of a romantic comedy released at the beginning of the year is a most dire signifier of impending cinematic doom.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 0/4

February 6, 2009
Renie Scolaro Mora

New in Town subjects Lucy (Renée Zellweger) to a series of life-changing revelations, most stemming from a reductive big city/small town dichotomy.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/10

February 6, 2009
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The sort of inane rom-com drivel that Hollywood recycles on a regular basis.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 1/4

February 4, 2009
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