When in Rome Reviews

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November 17, 2011
May 6, 2011
June 25, 2010
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.
April 22, 2010
I'm not cynical about hope, just the way that romantic comedies exploit it, without necessarily delivering. When in Rome does that to a large degree, even basing its conceit on a wishing well, the ultimate exploitation of hope.
April 22, 2010
It manages to be reasonably fun, kind of funny and just a little charming, and will be fine to watch with your Disney rom-com loving kids on DVD.
April 22, 2010
Succeeds only in displaying Bell's lack of comic flair.
January 29, 2010
It lurches along, making Ms. Bell and Mr. Duhamel look duller than they need to.
January 29, 2010
How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.
January 29, 2010
A bunch of eager performers troll for laughs that never come.
January 29, 2010
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
We get three acts of labored slapstick wrung from an eye-roller of a premise.
January 29, 2010
A brainless, fizzy, romantic-comedy fairy tale with a roster of acting talent far beyond expectations.
January 29, 2010
Josh Duhamel plays the smitten sports reporter who helps Kristen Bell mount her big art show, "Pain"-a fitting title, given the agony induced by this godawful comedy.
January 29, 2010
On this simple, sheeplike level, the thoroughly average When in Rome qualifies as almost a complete success, except in its requirement that we go along with some business involving hocus pocus.
January 29, 2010
When in Rome plumbs new depths for ineptitude in acting, directing, writing and every other department.
January 29, 2010
The problem is not the credulity-stretching script. Or even that much of the movie just isn't all that funny. The problem is that it thinks it's freakin' hilarious.
January 29, 2010
The saving grace of the otherwise generic product is that Bell's vivacity and Duhamel's rakish charm allow the viewer to root for them, even if sometimes that rooting goes so far as to wish the script would serve the couple better than it does.
January 29, 2010
Bell and Duhamel may have something as a romantic onscreen pair but there's no telling. What's going on around them is both distracting and annoying, thanks to the hyperactivity of the oddball suitors who tend to suck all of the chemistry out of the room.
January 29, 2010
Duhamel throws around his raffish, real-guy charm, and Bell works a springy cynicism that When in Rome eagerly tries to strip away. But regardless of where its stars want to take it, all roads here lead to blandness and inanity.
January 29, 2010
When in Rome may fall flat in places, but at least it hasn't had all the personality manicured out of it.
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