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When in Rome Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
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.
Joshua Starnes
March 10, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4.5/10
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 30, 2010
You know from the start of Mark Steven Johnson's silly, sunny romcom how it's going to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dominic Corry
April 15, 2010
Despite the surfeit of clichés and apparent lack of any original thought in this hopelessly contrived rom-com, it remains a reasonably amiable exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 28, 2010
Bell, a petite, pretty blonde, may or may not have the Meg Ryan-Julia Roberts-Sandra Bullock goods. When in Rome, a leaden variation on that rom-com recipe, fails utterly to make her case.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 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 | Original Score: 77/100
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 28, 2010
The movie lacks invention and true magic in the worst way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Aldridge
Radio Times
June 24, 2010
When in Rome is watchable enough, albeit in a cheesily inept way, but is far less magical than its storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
January 28, 2010
A weak rehash of Love Potion No. 9, with Love Potion No. 9 replaced by crack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Alicia Malone
FILMINK (Australia)
April 21, 2010
As with most romantic comedies, this misunderstanding could have been resolved with a simple question, but instead the film stumbles along towards its predictably happy conclusion.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
February 4, 2010
Mark Steven Johnson exhibits neither an eye nor an ear for comedy - he must have been deaf and dumb to agree to shoot a script by Davids Diamond and Weissman, the duo who penned the execrable Old Dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
January 29, 2010
There's so much wrong with David Diamond and David Weissman's plot that, with a nod to the Guggenheim Museum's spiral ramp, it's hard to know where to begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 28, 2010
Comedies require precision, and there's none here; instead, characters and scenes bash into each other with no evident purpose or logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 29, 2010
How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 29, 2010
Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel are so funny, quirky and appealing I'd love to root for them in a good romantic comedy, but When in Rome isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 30, 2010
Number of record-scratch jokes? Three. Number of walk-into-a-lamppost gags? Two. Number of laughs? Take a wild guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Laremy Legel
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 28, 2010
A romantic comedy of such staggering ineptness that it actually makes one wish the filmmaker would redirect his attention back to the superhero genre he sullied.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
February 4, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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