New In Town (2009)



Critic Consensus: Cliched and short on charm, New In Town is a pat genre exercise that fails to bring the necessary heat to its Minnesota setting.

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Lucy Hill is an ambitious, up-and-coming executive living in Miami. She loves her shoes, she loves her cars and she loves climbing the corporate ladder. When she is offered a temporary assignment--in the middle of nowhere--to restructure a manufacturing plant, she jumps at the opportunity, knowing that a big promotion is close at hand. What begins as a straight forward job assignment becomes a life changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life and most unexpectedly, the man of her dreams.
PG (for language and some suggestive material)
Comedy , Romance
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Harry Connick Jr.
as Ted Mitchell
Siobhan Fallon
as Blanche Gunderson
J.K. Simmons
as Stu Kopenhafer
Frances Conroy
as Trudy Van Uuden
Mike O'Brien
as Lars Ulstead
James Durham
as Rob Deitmar
Ferron Guerreiro
as Bobbie Mitchell
Renée Zellweger
as Lucy Hill
Robert Small
as Donald Arling
Wayne Nicklas
as Harve Gunderson
Hilary Carroll
as Kimberley
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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (45)

A shockingly banal script lends the movie a generic awfulness; you wish Zellweger were in better hands.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The offspring of "Baby Boom" meets "Doc Hollywood."

Full Review… | February 7, 2009
Top Critic

In the current economic climate, this comedy about workers whose livelihood is rescued by a benevolent boss represents the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy. Don't spend your hard-earned discretionary cash on it.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
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We could use an upbeat film with a solid Frank Capra vibe. But New in Town doesn't elicit a rah-rah spirit so much as it reawakens the cynical thought that such lazy screenwriters deserve to be out of work.

January 30, 2009
Miami Herald
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The month of January has come to be known as a graveyard for bad movies, but how bad can it get? This one answers the question.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Wall Street Journal
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It follows a particularly abhorrent Hollywood formula: Ridicule the friendly, rural folks, show how stupid they are, then by the end, place their small-town values and inherent decency on a pedestal.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for New In Town

Yes, it's got the same old clichà (C)s but it's not so bad it can't be watched.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


It is a familiar theme - up-and-coming corporate executive comes to town to close down its only plant, but falls in love with town and some guy and does all she/he can to save the town business. For some reason, I was not happy with Renée Zellweger's performance. It is hard to see Renée as a corporate executive.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

New In town had to potential in being a good film. Unfortunately, it's an awful mess of a romantic comedy that relies on the same old repetitive clichés. New In Town was a boring, unimpressive film that proves once again that Renee Zellweger can't act. The film is boring, dull and poorly executed. I hated the film. I found the jokes to be uninteresting, and if they were supposed to be funny, I forgot to laugh. This is a pointless romantic comedic with a bad cast (aside from J.K Simmons, who's wasted here), this film is terrible. Director Jonas Elmer can't craft an effective plot, or direct a good film for that matter. The film lumbers along like your typical romantic comedy, and doesn't do anything new with the formula. The best way I could describe this film, is simply that it's a waste of time. The film simply wasn't entertaining. The cast wasn't good and the plot was dull, uninteresting, and you lost interested halfway through. New In Town is one of those films that you wish was never made. The film doesn't do anything whatsoever to immerse you into its story. Instead, the film irritates you, and makes you wish it was over. Of all the romantic comedies that I have seen, New In Town is one of the worst. Writing wise, acting wise, the film absolutely doesn't cut it. This a mess of a film that uses overused clichés to try and create something refreshing, but it doesn't work. New In Town is a boring, poorly crafted film that is worth avoiding!

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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