New Year's Eve Reviews
Rotten Tomatoes consensus reads, "Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year's Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "New Year's Eve is a dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge. How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?" Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle said, "Mostly, New Year's Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham. Auld Lang Syne." Claudia Winkleman on the BBC One show Film said "I have found the worst film of all time, and it is called New Year's Eve." Rolling Stone shared the same opinion and gave a zero stars rating, stating "Director Garry Marshall follows last year's Valentine's Day romcom crapfest with an even more puke-up-able sample of the species" and concluding New Year's Eve is "bad beyond belief". British newspaper The Telegraph named New Year's Eve one of the ten worst films of 2011. British film critic Mark Kermode named it as the worst film of 2011. On the more positive side, Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman said, "New Year's Eve is dunderheaded kitsch, but it's the kind of marzipan movie that can sweetly soak up a holiday evening."
"New Year's Eve" is the second in an unofficial trilogy of romantic comedy films directed by Garry Marshall, set on a one-day holiday and featuring an ensemble cast in a variety of stories, the other films being "Valentine's Day" (2010) and "Mother's Day" (2016). The idea is there in "New Years Eve" but this supersweet caramel makes you choke on the sweetness when Marshall push through every silly little idea he could come up with. The cast is ok I reckon and it´s a gigantic ensemble cast we get to see with actors such as Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Héctor Elizondo, Carla Gugino, Ashton Kutcher, John Lithgow, Seth Meyers, Michelle Pfeiffer etc etc. But, even if we get a massive starting field of well known names, the storyline is simply quite unbearable which makes the film hard to watch and digest. The film feels forced and partly mechanical with a lack of credibility and you can´t shake the fact that you can´t really believe the intertwined stories that are presented infront of you. The characterisation is stereotypical and sloppy as well. The running time too long and there´s nothing that engages you emotionally. This is a foul ball.
Trivia: The film earned five Razzie Award nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Garry Marshall), Worst Actress (Sarah Jessica Parker), Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Ensemble, losing all to Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill.
There is a lot of stories and characters here. Some I liked (Abigail Breslin, Michelle Pfeifer, Katherine Heigl). Others I couldn't care less about (Jessica Biel, Hillary Swank).
If you liked Valentines Day, you might enjoy this, but there is definitely better out there.
31/12/17 rewatch. Took another half star off over the icky pregnant women storyline AND Jon Bon Jovi, who I think I loathe even more now than I did first watching this. I also dislike Ashton these days, which I didn't back then, so he was another nail in the coffin. Unenthralling storyline and too little time spent on the few interesting characters (Pfeiffer, Breslin).
acting & story telling was great .