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New Year's Eve (2011)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 133
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 124

Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year's Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 33

Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year's Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose.



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New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. -- (C) Warner Bros


Comedy, Romance

Katherine Fugate

May 1, 2012


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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (124) | DVD (3)

New Year's Eve is a perfect example of why the adjective "Hollywood" is so often used as a pejorative.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (16)
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The only entertaining way to watch New Year's Eve is as a cruel experiment in which performers stranded with absolutely no script support are forced to subsist on pure presence, which quickly becomes a blood sport in which only a few survive.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR | Comments (7)
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Written on the level of a bad episode of The Love Boat, this is one of those concoctions that intertwines about 10 storylines and then concludes with a cherry on top.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The only thing that can inspire more cynicism than a holiday's coerced emotions may be a film that both exploits and celebrates said emotions.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It's all perfectly pleasant and perfectly harmless and perfectly bland.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard
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Should auld acquaintance be forgot? I don't know, but "New Year's Eve" sure should be.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Offering up genuinely unlikable characters and terrible dialogue, this comedy qualifies as one of the year's worst.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The bland lead the bland through a sea of New Year's revelers...

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Colossal waste of talent and time.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

Your appreciation for the film may depend on your tolerance for sugar.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Among the year's worst films. The tragedy is funny, the comedy is tragic, and about its only saving grace is that it makes 2010's Valentines Day look almost passable.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

...a perfectly watchable (and consistently hackneyed) feel-good ensemble drama.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (4)
Reel Film Reviews

The cinematic equivalent of a piece of New York style cheesecake and about as artistically satisfying.

January 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

a sea of quickly put together, cheesy romcom vignettes that fail to put across any kind of meaningful message

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

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December 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

New Year's Eve is pretty much laugh-free, trading on tired visual gags and some unbelievably cynical 'cutesy' scenes (baby montage anyone?) for most of its humour.

December 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

Garry Marshall, how could you? You have made a mockery of a movie that bears the name of my birthday. I take this as a personal affront.

December 17, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comment (1)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

... a nice box of holiday chocolates ...

December 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Proves, in its tiny way, that no matter how bad the modern romantic comedy has already become, there's still plenty of room for it to get worse.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A joyless, overstuffed confection that seems designed more to maximise product placement.

December 15, 2011 Full Review Source:

No message, no car chases and explosions, no 3D - just relaxing entertainment

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (16)

Much of it is dreck but the stories that work are charming and in a few select cases, provide a sudden emotional wallop.

December 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

Watching Robert De Niro put yet another nail in the coffin of his career is bad enough, but et tu Michelle Pfeiffer?

December 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Comments (3)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Thankfully, Groundhog Day is already taken.

December 11, 2011 Full Review Source: KC Active | Comments (4)
KC Active

New Year's Eve is like Woody Allen lite for the masses ( ... ) by never threatening to copy the smut of 50/50 or Bridesmaids, it's a memory-stirring, warm-hearted breath of fresh air. Even at 117 minutes.

December 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Comments (16)
Birmingham Mail

An onslaught of schmaltz, passing off greeting card platitudes as dialogue and repeatedly reminds us the end of one year and the beginning of another is about second chances, hope and forgiveness.

December 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Audience Reviews for New Year's Eve

A little bit funny. Good but not great.
February 27, 2014

Super Reviewer

Just one year after Garry Marshall's bid at romantic comedy gold, "Valentine's Day", this celebrity tainted mess came into theaters. It's not explicitly bad because of its average sized cast, or how flagrant it is. I can get behind a romantic comedy of epic proportions, because I did so with its predecessor. "Valentine's Day" may not have been wonderful in every way, but it had human stories, different sides to love's enigma, and really tried to say something about the day in question and how transformative it is. Did it succeed at every turn? Absolutely not, but everything that worked well in that movie is ignored in this one. Instead of exploring the many storylines he sets up for his plethora of characters, Gary Marshall simply crams as many familiar faces into this film as possible. Instead of looking at different facets or stages or ages of love, Marshall simply uses the same heart tugging elements that he did in his previous movie: love between two young people? Check. A soldier far from home? Check. At least there were some actually enjoyable performances in "Valentine's Day", and the two that obviously stood out were Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher. Both, as well as Hector Elizondo, show up yet again in this film, with no mention of their former characters from the last film. They're completely different characters, and not exactly enjoyable ones at that. Lea Michele and Jon Bon Jovi are in this film, so of course there are musical numbers. (I bet there was no singing, and it was rewritten when Michele was cast.) The love stories are not all that intriguing either: Katherine Heigl is mad at Bon Jovi. That's a relationship, and that's the entire explanation we're given. Josh Duhamel is looking for some girl, and we don't know what's so great about her except for an offhanded cheesy line. None of the relationships are built up, and where its predecessor really looked at all kinds of love, celebrated diversity, and cared about the characters, this film is so haphazard and clumsy. Besides that the dialogue is atrocious, and most of the time I found myself laughing at this for all the wrong reasons. Its predecessor exemplifies love, and truly, this film is just trying to do the same with some formulaic choices, which makes it weak and palatable at best.
May 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

All eyes are on New York on New Year's Eve. Similar to Valentine's Day movie it follows the lives of people interacting. Pregnant couples compete to win money for giving birth to the first baby of the new year, Robert de Niro has a dying wish, a guy and gal agree to meet one year on in NYC. Good cast. Heart warming.
January 31, 2013
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

"Enjoyable, but nothing worth seeing here more then once. I enjoyed the ending more than the entirety of the film. Not that the film was awful. I just liked seeing Michelle Pfeiffer bust a movie with Zac Efron. Plus I enjoyed their story the best out of all of them. I thought Lea and Ashton's was cheesy. I didn't see a real point of it being apart of the whole story. Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers was funny. All in all not a bad little flick to watch if your needing to pass some time. Plus I enjoyed the variety of talent it had. But it's nothing worth seeing more than once."
December 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Male Nurse: May the best Va-Jay-Jay win!
    – Submitted by Dannick L (23 months ago)
    1. Stan Harris: I was living on a borrowed time.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (24 months ago)
    1. Griffin: How bout we split 50/50.
    – Submitted by Austin G (2 years ago)
    1. Elise: You're just some wannabe hipster who judges everything and who's too scared to take a chance.
    – Submitted by Wendyy W (2 years ago)
    1. Sam: What is one thing you would do if you knew you would not fail? Now go out and do it.
    – Submitted by Kristina M (2 years ago)
    1. Jensen: Boy meets girl. Boy messes up. Boy loses girl.
    – Submitted by Angela A (2 years ago)
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