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  • Summary: 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 accepts the opportunity, knowing 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. (Lionsgate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 21 out of 32
  1. A gentle, traditional (like, from the last century) romantic comedy.
  2. As for the locals, they speak like extras from "Fargo," although, on this go-round, that weird Swedish accent has somehow lost its power to amuse.
  3. 50
    Do you like this sort of rom-com? It's a fair example of its type, not good, but competent.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    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.
  5. 30
    On second thought, maybe just about everyone should stay away from this drearily cheerful little picture that isn't nearly as funny or as heartwarming -- or even as topical, given the economic climate -- as it thinks it is.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    To say that New in Town is the worst movie of this fledgling year is to damn it with faint praise. It may be one of the worst movies of any year. Not content to be merely inane and predictable, it is downright insulting, humorlessly deriding those who choose to live in rural America, labor in factories or have a strong Christian faith.
  7. 0
    Excruciatingly unfunny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. hughie
    Feb 11, 2009
    Not great, but much more entertaining than the bulk of these reviews would lead you to believe.
  2. JayH
    May 23, 2009
    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. Expand
  3. garyw
    May 28, 2009
    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. Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2011
    The first and biggest problem this film has is the fact that it is a romantic comedy. Being one, it does not deviate from the typical rom-com recipe, what-so-ever. Being rather predictable (and by rather I mean completely to an annoying degree), the film does not offer anything new to the audience. The screenplay is simply bad, with a storyline that was maybe innovative back in the 1980s, but now has become the standardised cliche. One the film manages well is to create a positive relationship between the audience and the Minnesotans in the film. Some very cute scenes are in the film, and one cannot but feel warmly towards them, especially Siobhan Fallon's character, who is, by far, the best thing in this bad film. Renee Zellweger is rather bad - her strongest asset here seems to be her body, and it's in a film where that shouldn't be an issue. But yes, Zellweger doesn't give anything good to the film, and one can only wonder why she ever got cast. Maybe trying to re-connect to her Bridget Jones' days? Be it as it may, the film is rather bad and annoying, full of cliches concerning both rom-coms and Minnesota, and with generally pretty bad dialogue and acting, makes "New in Town" be one of those films you could have easily gone without ever watching. Collapse
  5. Nov 16, 2013
    New in Town drove me out.
    Really poor script, no laughs whatsoever, and bad acting. The movie is bland and utterly worthless, and the ending
    is barely existent; it just sort of ends when the writers got bored. Expand
  6. MovieGoer
    Jan 30, 2009
    Awful, awful, awful. Patronizing, painfully obvious, creaky, unfunny. This is industry product every bit as gloppy and unsavory as the sludge produced at the movie's New Ulm factory. Written by people who have obviously never actually been within 3,000 miles of the location in question, there's not a credible character (or characterization - Hogan is particularly ridiculous) in the entire enterprise. Expand
  7. Bob
    Aug 15, 2009
    Awful. Horrible. I'm from New Ulm and that's why I rented the movie. COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC AND INNACURATE. Not to mention a truly dopey, stupid movie. I like Rene Zellweger and HCJ, but ... what were they thinking? Expand

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