New in Town

User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36

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  1. kgm.
    Feb 4, 2009
    5
    Renee Zellweger (Lucy) lost a lot of weight and looks fantastic in her designer clothes and shoes. That said, this is your typical
  2. JayH
    May 23, 2009
    6
    Very predictable romantic comedy, but it still entertains, especially if you are in the mood for a feel good comedy and the cast is very enjoyable. Mindless fluff, but fun.
  3. ChadS.
    Feb 4, 2009
    4
    No worldly sophisticate by any stretch of the imagination, Marge Gunderson(Frances McDormand) displayed all the tell-tale signs of living in a small-town, but she was smart, on her own terms, funny voice notwithstanding. The Brainerd detective is the sort of character that's sorely missing in "New in Town", a person who could put the city girl in her place. The waitress tries. At the No worldly sophisticate by any stretch of the imagination, Marge Gunderson(Frances McDormand) displayed all the tell-tale signs of living in a small-town, but she was smart, on her own terms, funny voice notwithstanding. The Brainerd detective is the sort of character that's sorely missing in "New in Town", a person who could put the city girl in her place. The waitress tries. At the diner, the waitress ridicules Lucy(Renee Zellweger) for believing that the town of New Ulm celebrates a holiday which pays homage to the gopher. But really, the joke is on the old woman and the diner patrons, because that's the extent of the insularity Lucy surmises these rural folks embody. This company henchwoman makes the Bill Murray character in Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day" seem congenial. At some point, however, Lucy's condesension will come to a halt, and "voila", the people she despises suddenly becomes the people she cherishes. But the manner in which Lucy goes about her transformation seems even more unearned than what is usually part and parcel of the rom-com formula. She simply gets into a car accident and emerges from the accident, a changed woman. This near-death experience negates the occasion for these Minnesota denizens to prove their mettle as Lucy's equals, and truly earn her respect. Instead of feeling contempt for these "lowly" people, now she pities them. Now she has to save them; her dear, dear underlings. Thanks to an undiagnosed concussion, this professional woman, on the fast track to VP stewardship, can now enjoy the simple things in life, like put on a scarf and join the carollers, as they all hold candles in open-mouthed earnestness around a lighted Christmas tree. For "New in Town" to transcend its initial patronizing attitude towards country life, Blanche Gunderson(Sibohan Fallon) needed to launch her "Tapioca Pudding Boom" without Lucy's marketing know-how. As for Ted(Harry Connick Jr.), he has the steering wheel column to thank for his good fortune. Expand
  4. garyw
    May 28, 2009
    6
    As bad movies go, I somewhat enjoyed it. Lowered expectations always help. And not paying good money to see it at a theater helps as well. For the reviewers who say there is nothing funny about it at all, that's simply not true.. There Are some funny scenes, and I was able to to overlook the bad, relax and enjoy.
Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 21 out of 32
  1. Strictly old hat -- and a poorly assembled hat at that.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    30
    It doesn't help that Zellweger, in an unfortunate attempt to make the aud appreciate her character's uptightness, spends many of the early scenes moving about as stiff as a flagpole in January.
  3. 40
    The movie wrong-foots Zellweger from the start. She's not enough the ice queen, like Sigourney Weaver in "Working Girl," for us to accept her transition into adorable Melanie Griffith.