• PG-13, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:    Garry Marshall
  • In Theaters:    Dec 9, 2011 Wide
  • On DVD:    May 1, 2012
  • Warner Bros.

New Year's Eve Reviews

Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Linda Holmes
NPR
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

It's all perfectly pleasant and perfectly harmless and perfectly bland.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

Should auld acquaintance be forgot? I don't know, but "New Year's Eve" sure should be.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

This New Year's Eve leaves you feeling like you've got no one to kiss at midnight.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

None of the marquee names come off particularly well here, so it's more a matter of figuring out who embarrasses themselves the most.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

Sags when it should shimmer, labors clunkily when it should glide and - most unforgivably - plops some otherwise attractive and even talented actors into roles that are completely outside their physical and psychic comfort zone.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sara Stewart
New York Post
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

A soul-sucking monument to Hollywood greed and saccharine holiday culture.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

We hope that somewhere amid the streamers and popping champagne corks director Marshall is making a resolution to stop making these movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
Top Critic
December 9, 2011

An even lazier, even dumber re-hash of Valentine's Day - a movie that was already very lazy and dumb to begin with.

Full Review | Original Score: D-
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

What can be said about a movie that is nice and awful? That has a warm spirit and is 100 percent phony? That has all the stars in the galaxy and all the appeal of rotting fish?

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

The screenplay isn't written so much as assembled in carefully slotted little blocks, following the rules of a screenwriting textbook.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

The film is like one of those Robert Altman big-canvas movies minus the inspiration.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

Why bother with a new title? New Year's Eve is simply 2010's Valentine's Day all over again, and it's about as appealing as a flute of cheap Champagne left over from the last holiday.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

The movie plays like a time warp to 1951. The opening shot of the movie is a horse and buggy. Jon Bon Jovi plays pop music's hottest superstar. You half expect the actors to pass a kissing booth or an organ grinder with a leashed monkey.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

This is more of a clown car than it is a movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

"New Year's Eve'' is fun in the way that eating at a buffet is fun. It's two hours of foods that have nothing to do with each other piled high on a plate because it was too cheap to resist.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

Director Garry Marshall follows last year's Valentine's Day with New Year's Eve where an all-star cast lines up to collect paychecks - at our expense!

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

The sanitized setting and sappy script are so littered with cardboard characters and crass product placements that you'll mourn for the muggers and porno theaters that De Niro cursed in "Taxi Driver."

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

An inferior retread of Marshall's equally contrived "Valentine's Day," only dressed up with coats and confetti.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

Neither nicely written, nor nicely acted nor nicely made.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

New Year's Eve is not unbearable. It's not bad, but it's not good, either.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

Marshall knows a certain kind of comedy, but his technique has a way of pitting performers squarely against their own material.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

A movie I often found myself laughing at in ridicule, and one that also gave me a lump in the throat. So I guess you could say I had a good time.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

It has plenty of plastic heart, but it'd be hard to imagine a film that took fewer chances, or more dogged pride in playing it safe.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

Like the stroke of midnight, "New Year's Eve" disappears almost instantly, leaving little behind but limp streamers and the sense that, surely, there was a better party going on somewhere else.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
December 8, 2011

How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
December 7, 2011

It is the cinematic equivalent of a greeting card: Both the sentiment and the laughs are plentiful, cheap and forgettable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Barker
Variety
Top Critic
December 6, 2011

Offering around a dozen barely there, aggressively agreeable mini-stories spliced together and spit out with lawnmower-style eloquence, the film is pushed to punishing lengths by the engorged cast list.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
December 6, 2011

The result proves to be as appealing and effervescent as a flute of flat champagne.

Jake Coyle
Associated Press
Top Critic
December 6, 2011

If there is some kind of world record for schmaltz, this may have set it.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Singer
Time Out New York
Top Critic
December 6, 2011

It all adds up to a celebrity-obsessed city symphony played on one painfully flat note.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 6, 2011

Mayans might have predicted the end of the world in 2012, but could they have known that the countdown to eternal hellfire would begin with Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve?