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When in Rome (2010)

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16

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

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

14

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

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

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

David Diamond, David Weissman

Jun 15, 2010

$32.6M

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

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

February 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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It lurches along, making Ms. Bell and Mr. Duhamel look duller than they need to.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (3)
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A bunch of eager performers troll for laughs that never come.

January 29, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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In the case of When in Rome, oh to do what the Romans used to do: Toss the bloody thing to the lions.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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We get three acts of labored slapstick wrung from an eye-roller of a premise.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

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

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

[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.

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

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

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph

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

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
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.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mail [UK]

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

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
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."

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

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

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

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

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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.

June 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

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

June 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Audience Reviews for When in Rome

Silly little romantic comedy.
July 3, 2011
Raajay

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.
May 29, 2011
jennifxu

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    1. Nick: The only spell I'm under, is yours.
    – Submitted by Evie H (22 months ago)
    1. Joan: When you know it, you don't need a prove. You just know!
    – Submitted by Safira M (22 months ago)
    1. Beth: (To Gale, handing the coin too) I think I'll miss you the least.
    – Submitted by Boomer C (2 years ago)
    1. Beth: What are you doing in my apartment?!
    2. Lance: Blowing your mind!
    – Submitted by Boomer C (2 years ago)
    1. Puck: Six beers enter. No beers leave!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Al: The whole point of love is to put someone else's needs above your own.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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