Critic Review - NPR

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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Belinda Dennis

Belinda Dennis

Linda Holmes you are now my favorite critic. Your review of New Year's Eve was far more entertaining than the movie itself. OK -- I didn't actually see it but was I forced to watch the trailer and will never get those 2 1/2 minutes of my life back.

Belinda Dennis

Dec 9 - 11:04 PM

Michael Mottel Diskin

Michael Mottel Diskin

Who peed in your Cornflakes Linda Holmes? Could you be any more pretentious? This film is far from Oscar material but it is far better than rock soup. Yes, some of the stories were underdeveloped but not all. Kutcher and Michele had decent chemistry and his dress and demeanor was explained in the film. Heigl and Bon Jovi also worked pretty well together. Even Efron and Pfeiffer worked their plot line well.

Each story line, properly developed or otherwise served a purpose and brought a lesson with it, even if you were too much of a grinch to see it.

Dec 10 - 12:16 AM


Josh Ryan

No Michael, Linda is right. You just seem to have a soft spot for sappy and overtly corny material.

Dec 11 - 09:28 AM

Niall Dargan

Niall Dargan

Oh dear. Sticking up for one of the worst movies of all time is just not cool. Street cred gone bye byes!!

Dec 12 - 10:06 AM


Sukesh Patro

This Christmas I hope you grow a penis.

Dec 12 - 03:00 PM

DanielandAsia Wall

DanielandAsia Wall

"He's not doing much actual acting, but that ability to put shock paddles to the chest of a dead scene with his face is why he gets work." LMBO!!!

Dec 11 - 01:55 PM

Michael Greco

Michael Greco

Thank you thank you thank you Linda Holmes, I think I am in Belinda D's category, didn't see the picture but deserve reparations for the time out of my life which the preview trailer 'tooken up.' What boggles the mind is: understanding that Cary Elwes, BonJovi, Kate Heigl, Ashton Kutcher and several others a) need to keep their mugs on screen if they're going to stay in the biz, or / and b) need to grab a paycheck while their actor / celebrity careers are on life support, all but dimmest of memories, etc....
BUT: Robert DeNiro? Jessica Biel? Abigail Breslin Halle Berry Hillary Swank??? (I think I missed a few but am unwilling to scroll over the carnage again) These are capable, successful actors who could be demanding strong scripts and compelling projects! Are they being strong-armed or blackmailed by their agents / managers / ex-spouses? The trailer of this film betrayed it as a major 'sellout' artistically. I think some of the actors might come to regret their participation in this planewreck.
Anyhow, thanks again for doing the dirty work: seeing this treacly film, and calling it out for the [crap] that it is! Our holidays are better for it. Mick

Dec 26 - 12:50 PM

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