Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bad Reviews for “When In Rome”

Judging by the critics, Josh Duhamel's (AMC's Ex- Leo) new romantic comedy "When in Rome" is a terrible movie. And not just in a prejudiced-against-the-genre way. No. We’re talking about a deeply unfunny, insulting-in-its-ineptness, can-I-have-my-money-back, Razzie-worthy level of bad. If you plan to see "When in Rome" this weekend, you should read a few reviews to see what you’re getting into.

"As for the principals? Well, Bell, glowingly photographed by cinematographer John Bailey, is easy on the eyes. Duhamel resembles a third-string John Krasinski and has the timing of a broken watch. There is also a practical problem that the filmmakers fail to solve. Duhamel is more than a foot taller than Bell and neither director Mark Steven Johnson nor Bailey can figure out how to effectively get them in the same shot, fatal for a movie romance."
[Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer]

"If watching yet another comely couple zip through the Eternal City on a Vespa sounds mildly fun, be forewarned: ‘When in Rome’ doesn’t even offer that. Instead, we get three acts of labored slapstick wrung from an eye-roller of a premise: Type A museum curator Beth (Kristen Bell) is besieged by creepy suitors (including Danny DeVito and Will Arnett) when she plucks their wishing coins from an enchanted fountain."
[Adam Markovitz, EW]

"January isn’t even over and already we have a strong contender for the worst movie of the year. The atrocious romantic comedy “When in Rome” plumbs new depths for ineptitude in acting, directing, writing and every other department…Even by the extremely low standards of the genre, “When in Rome” gets failing marks for chemistry, credibility and even coherence."
[Lou Lumenick, New York Post]

"When in Rome, which has been sitting on the shelf approximately since the first stone was laid down for the Coliseum, is a tiresome time-waster, a film that expects us to believe that beauties like Bell…can’t get boys, that getting married to some dude you sat next to on a transatlantic flight after two weeks is the best of all possible worlds, that you shouldn’t love your job as much as you love guys. And then it doesn’t even offer you any good jokes to laugh at, only Josh Duhamel walking into poles."
[Connie Ogle, Miami Herald]

Click HERE and watch the trailer for "When in Rome" and make your own review.

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