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When in Rome (2010)


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 92

Critics Consensus: A pair of young, attractive leads can't overcome When in Rome's reliance on unfunny gags and threadbare rom-com clichés.

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: A pair of young, attractive leads can't overcome When in Rome's reliance on unfunny gags and threadbare rom-com clichés.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 157,640


Movie Info

Disillusioned with romance during her whirlwind trip to Rome, an ambitious New Yorker defiantly swipes a few magic coins from a "foolish" wishing fountain, inadvertently igniting the passions of a motley crew of suitors as she's pursued by a handsome reporter with charm to spare. Beth (Kristen Bell) is at a point in her life where love seems like a luxury she just can't afford. Years of waiting for that perfect romance has made Beth bitter, and one day, while vacationing in Rome, she cynically … More

PG-13 (for some suggestive content)
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
David Diamond , David Weissman
In Theaters:
Jun 15, 2010
Box Office:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for When in Rome

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (92) | DVD (5)

Keep your coin far away from this toxic fountain of crap.

Full Review… | February 3, 2010
Time Out New York
Top Critic

It lurches along, making Ms. Bell and Mr. Duhamel look duller than they need to.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Top Critic

A bunch of eager performers troll for laughs that never come.

January 29, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

In the case of When in Rome, oh to do what the Romans used to do: Toss the bloody thing to the lions.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

We get three acts of labored slapstick wrung from an eye-roller of a premise.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

My kind of romantic comedy. It's funny, a bit silly and doesn't try to set the new standard for romance in the genre. It's exactly what you expect, but in a good way.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Most of the troubles come from the painfully unfunny shenanigans of Beth's magic-stricken admirers.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

When in Rome never delves deep into anything, but whisks us through the conventions of romantic comedies so quickly there's barely time to groan.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

When in Rome is an insipid waste; every ounce of potential has been steadfastly turned away from in order to make a safe little piece of clowning.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011

[Bell] carries a classic presence and charm that is tough not to like. Yet, at the same time, she does so with a little spunk and sass.

Full Review… | December 23, 2010

...we are expected to suspend our disbelief and accept that the adorable Kristen Bell needs some sort of crackpot magic spell to attract suitors.

Full Review… | July 3, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

You know from the start of Mark Steven Johnson's silly, sunny romcom how it's going to end.

Full Review… | June 30, 2010
Daily Telegraph

Number of record-scratch jokes? Three. Number of walk-into-a-lamppost gags? Two. Number of laughs? Take a wild guess.

Full Review… | June 30, 2010
News of the World

Despite its over-the-top zaniness, this romantic comedy manages to keep us entertained with its starry cast and a nutty plot. If only the filmmakers had resisted the urge to exaggerate both the humour and the sentimentality.

Full Review… | June 30, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

This Italian-themed romcom is not quite the most unspeakably-patronising-to-Italy film of all time. That prize belongs to the musical Nine, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. But it runs a very close second.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010

All you need to know about When In Rome is that it was written by David Diamond and David Weissman, who perpetrated the atrocity that was the Robin Williams-John Travolta 'comedy' Old Dogs.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

Ladies, here's a chick-flick best enjoyed with your eyelids actually glued together.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

On the up side, it has a decent cast, but class acts like Anjelica Huston aren't given enough to do. And Danny DeVito has to say awful lines like "There's not an emotion on earth that can't be expressed through sausage."

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Birmingham Post

This is nothing more than a throwaway comedy clumsily assembled from a half-decent idea.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Digital Spy

When in Rome is watchable enough, albeit in a cheesily inept way, but is far less magical than its storyline.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Radio Times

It's all a bit of harmless froth and nonsense -- as long as you're not too disturbed by the sight of DeVito chasing Bell around the Guggenheim like Benny Hill on Viagra.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Sky Movies

A witless realization of a promising supernatural premise suggests that a few people involved with the movie don't have a particular talent for it.

Full Review… | June 19, 2010
Cinema Signals

...the movie boasts a seriously underwhelming premise that ultimately negates the good will established (and perpetuated) by its stars.

Full Review… | June 13, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

When I saw the trailer for When in Rome I laughed like crazy. I wish the movie were as funny.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Movie Metropolis

This appealing, fun pairing gives the film some promise--that is just as immediately shot to hell once the big plot hook/gimmick kicks in.

Full Review… | May 17, 2010

Audience Reviews for When in Rome

Critics hate it, and I totally get the things they will rip apart, but even with it's generic flaws...I really enjoyed it! I loved every second of it. Kristen Bell is adorable and Josh Duhamel is really likeable. The supporting characters are played by a perfect mix of odd actors like, Danny DeVito and Jon Heder. I also thought there were some genuine funny moments, which are always welcome in a modern rom-com. Oh...nice cameo from the dude that plays Pedro in Naploeon Dynamite!

One thing that I didn't like however was the pacing. I felt like the two main characters met, then they were instantly in love, and then there was immediate conflict. I will admit that I fell for it, but I think the pacing could have been better. I definitely recommend this one though...I liked it!

Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer


Silly little romantic comedy.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Yet another adorable romantic comedy :) Kristen Bell is just too cute & a great actress :) :) :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Josh Duhamel is the very definition of non-personality, and Kristen Bell, who can be quite charming and naughty, came off as very one-note. There were a few moments, but mostly pretty awful.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

When in Rome Quotes

The only spell I'm under, is yours.
– Submitted by Evie H (2 years ago)
When you know it, you don't need a prove. You just know!
– Submitted by Safira M (2 years ago)
(To Gale, handing the coin too) I think I'll miss you the least.
– Submitted by Boomer C (3 years ago)
What are you doing in my apartment?!
Blowing your mind!
– Submitted by Boomer C (3 years ago)
Six beers enter. No beers leave!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
The whole point of love is to put someone else's needs above your own.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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