When in Rome (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

When in Rome (2010)



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

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 plucks a handful of coins from a local fountain of love. Almost immediately thereafter, Beth finds herself fending off the advances of a diminutive sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), a lanky street magician (Jon Heder), a doting painter (Will Arnett), and a narcissistic male model (Dax Shepard). Meanwhile, a smitten reporter (Josh Duhamel) does his best to convince Beth that true love isn't just a topic of fairy tales and romance novels.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Weissman, David Diamond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 2010
Box Office: $32.6M
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Will Arnett
as Antonio
Jon Heder
as Lance
Peggy Lipton
as Priscilla
Luca Calvani
as Umberto
Keir O'Donnell
as Priest (Father Dino)
Judith Malina
as Umberto's Grandma
Lee Pace
as Brady Sacks
Natalie Joy Johnson
as Secretary (Madge)
Brian Golub
as Secretary (Chaz)
Charlie Sanders
as Poker Player
Eugene Cordero
as Poker Player
Eric Zuckerman
as Hansom Cab Driver
Valentina Roma
as Nick's Date
Carlo Giuliano
as Wedding Guest #1
Tommaso Matelli
as Wedding Guest #2
Ebony Jo-Ann
as Customer
Carlo D'Amore
as Italian Translator
Geoffrey Cantor
as Dr. Moscowitz
Abe Goldfarb
as Executive
J.T. Arbogast
as Executive
David Lee
as Himself
Brian Kenny
as Himself
Gloia Colonello
as Wedding Guest #3
John Mainieri
as Man in Elevator
George Deihl Jr.
as News Reporter
Brook Whitmore
as Guggenheim Party Bar...
Bing Putney
as Guggenheim Party Wai...
Elizabeth Olin
as Guggenheim Party Gir...
Jessica Howell
as Guggenheim Party Gir...
Ghostface Killah
as Guggenheim DJ
Elizabeth Olin
as Guggenheim Party Gir...
Ghostface Killah
as Guggenheim DJ
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News & Interviews for When in Rome

Critic Reviews for When in Rome

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (27)

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

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

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