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New In Town Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 9, 2010
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 18, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 14, 2010
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 27, 2009
A shockingly banal script lends the movie a generic awfulness; you wish Zellweger were in better hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 7, 2009
The offspring of "Baby Boom" meets "Doc Hollywood."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 2, 2009
In the current economic climate, this comedy about workers whose livelihood is rescued by a benevolent boss represents the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy. Don't spend your hard-earned discretionary cash on it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 30, 2009
We could use an upbeat film with a solid Frank Capra vibe. But New in Town doesn't elicit a rah-rah spirit so much as it reawakens the cynical thought that such lazy screenwriters deserve to be out of work.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 30, 2009
The month of January has come to be known as a graveyard for bad movies, but how bad can it get? This one answers the question.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 30, 2009
It follows a particularly abhorrent Hollywood formula: Ridicule the friendly, rural folks, show how stupid they are, then by the end, place their small-town values and inherent decency on a pedestal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
January 30, 2009
There's a Capra-esque joy in this small and unpretentious movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2009
There should be a special Oscar for good actors who still give their all when they're in bad movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 30, 2009
[A] drearily cheerful little picture that isn't nearly as funny or as heartwarming -- or even as topical, given the economic climate -- as it thinks it is.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 30, 2009
With the recession getting worse by the day, it's asking an awful lot for audiences to laugh at a romantic comedy centering on corporate layoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 30, 2009
A romantic comedy that's neither romantic nor funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 30, 2009
The film squeezes every ounce of sweet-tempered comic potential from brutal windchill, Lutheran reticence and white-bread cuisine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2009
The timing couldn't have been better for a romantic comedy with a love-among-the-financial-ruins theme to come along. But if you're looking for a welcome mat for New in Town, you won't find it here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
January 30, 2009
Broad accents, broader slapstick and a willful shrinking from anything remotely original. ... Also much condescension, toward both the characters and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 30, 2009
Poor Renée. Her character may find a cozy hearth, but she's definitely left way out in the cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 30, 2009
Yes, this movie offers dumb hope in wretched times, but for many, dumb hope is preferable to no hope at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News
January 30, 2009
It's meant to be a winsome romantic comedy, which might have been able to reach its destiny if it didn't have to chop its way through a thicket of stereotypes and bad jokes.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 30, 2009
New in Town is The Pajama Game without the songs, the laughs or the bare-knuckled realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 30, 2009
How much do I want to believe in America 2.0 as a place where a Suit might help factory workers survive hard times?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 30, 2009
The flat romantic comedy New in Town has no idea of how to play its cards.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 30, 2009
New in Town is so choppy that it would seem to have been edited with a pickax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 30, 2009
The thudding sounds you hear at New In Town are jokes landing like lead balloons and conking the life out of the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 30, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 29, 2009
For many Americans, the only believable part of New in Town may be its ominous premise: There's a rich jerk in town, and she's come to take away your job.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 29, 2009
There's nothing novel about this overly familiar farce.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 29, 2009
There's nothing fresh here; it's a Bridget-Jones-meets-Baby Boom/fish-out-of-water/opposites-attract kind of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 29, 2009
You've seen New in Town before, and you've seen it done better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 29, 2009
The laughs and emotional moments are so weak that director Jonas Elmer has no choice but to tweak them with music cues and bland guitar-rock.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 29, 2009
Even pandering fairy tales about the innate decency of common people should have at least a fuzzy basis in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 29, 2009
You can see where this is going all the way from Duluth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 29, 2009
Am I giving too much away? This is the kind of movie that gives itself away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 28, 2009
The movie has little to recommend it and more than a few things to encourage those who pursue quality cinema to stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 28, 2009
Zellweger and Connick make a believable couple and one with real oil-and-water-don't-mix sparks. This is what romantic chemistry looks like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 28, 2009
The comedy is harmless as a farm-fresh egg, sunny side up and runny in the middle. Pleasant enough going down, but an hour after breakfast you can't remember what it tasted like.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 28, 2009
New in Town is a perfectly dreadful movie. You end up really reaching if you try to pinpoint the film's redeeming qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 28, 2009
Good people of Minnesota: Stand up! Fight back! Take back your state and your culture and your accent!
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
January 27, 2009
The movie wrong-foots Zellweger from the start.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2009
This snowy Minnesota rom-com is as funny as frostbite.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 23, 2009
Because every development in New in Town is so predictable, so reminiscent of other, better romantic comedies, it actually seems longer than it is.