Metascore
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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 20 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 7, 2011
    67
    New Year's Eve is dunderheaded kitsch, but it's the kind of marzipan movie that can sweetly soak up a holiday evening.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Dec 8, 2011
    50
    It would be inaccurate to say there are plots in New Year's Eve. There are a number of setups, and these get shuffled through faster than a card dealer in Atlantic City.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 8, 2011
    50
    I always enjoy Elizondo; he has a way of elevating some pretty lame banter, and thanks to New Year's Eve he has his way all over again.
  4. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Dec 7, 2011
    50
    New Year's Eve is not unbearable. It's not bad, but it's not good, either. It delivers exactly what you expect: pretty faces, shallow romance and a mythical fanaticism about an event in a friendly Manhattan unblemished by hyper-vigilant security measures, obnoxious drunks or New York Jets fans.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 8, 2011
    42
    The cast, at least on paper, is formidable, if ill-used.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 8, 2011
    40
    Less a film than a product, New Year's Eve is so carefully calculated as to be, in its own way, admirable.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 8, 2011
    40
    An inferior retread of Marshall's equally contrived "Valentine's Day," only dressed up with coats and confetti.
  8. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Dec 8, 2011
    40
    Even with a big name cast that includes three Oscar winners - Halle Berry, Robert De Niro and Hilary Swank - New Year's Eve is at best a pleasant diversion.
  9. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Dec 7, 2011
    40
    It is the cinematic equivalent of a greeting card: Both the sentiment and the laughs are plentiful, cheap and forgettable.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Dec 6, 2011
    40
    Few of the plot strands connect to one another, much less resolve themselves with any degree of wit or daring.
  11. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Dec 7, 2011
    33
    It's safe to say to no idea was nixed on the set of New Year's Eve for being too cheesy or sentimental; if anything, ideas were nixed for not being sentimental or cheesy enough.
  12. Reviewed by: Linda Holmes
    Dec 9, 2011
    30
    At its heart, Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve is soup made of rocks.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 8, 2011
    30
    A depressing two-hour infomercial pitching Times Square as the only place in the universe you want to be when the ball drops at midnight on Dec. 31. (Believe me, it's not.)
  14. 30
    The result proves to be as appealing and effervescent as a flute of flat champagne.
  15. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 8, 2011
    25
    Behind all the noisemakers and funny glasses, New Year's Eve - and everyone in it - is dead behind the eyes.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 8, 2011
    25
    The sanitized setting and sappy script are so littered with cardboard characters and crass product placements that you'll mourn for the muggers and porno theaters that De Niro cursed in "Taxi Driver."
  17. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 8, 2011
    25
    Innocuous and dull.
  18. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Dec 8, 2011
    25
    Sitting through New Year's Eve is like attending a crowded party filled with pretty people who have nothing to say.
  19. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 8, 2011
    25
    New Year's Eve is fun in the way that eating at a buffet is fun. It's two hours of foods that have nothing to do with each other piled high on a plate because it was too cheap to resist.
  20. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 7, 2011
    25
    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?
  21. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 7, 2011
    25
    Through it all, Marshall sticks to his rose-colored principles: You gotta have hope, listen to your heart and take leaps of faith. Plus a new one: Parker should never make it through a movie without at least one pair of fabulous shoes.
  22. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 12, 2011
    20
    Even with the bar lowered, this seems appallingly bad, a lazy assortment of weak punch lines, sentimental music cues, and trite situations.
  23. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Dec 7, 2011
    20
    Mostly, New Year's Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham. Auld lang suck.
  24. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Dec 6, 2011
    20
    Director Garry Marshall continues his systematic defilement of society's most romantic holidays with another rom-com built - and executed - like a '70s disaster movie.
  25. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Dec 9, 2011
    12
    New Year's Eve. It's big and shiny and crowded and no matter how much you might look forward to it, it never lives up to the hype. The movie is even worse.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Larson
    Dec 7, 2011
    12
    The lesson to learn from watching Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve, a predictably insufferable, self-congratulatory cash cow designed to be ingested and then happily discharged without a second thought by gullible moviegoers who just don't know any better, is that we live in a time without economic dignity, a time in which we must be ready to do just about anything for a paycheck.
  27. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 12, 2011
    10
    New Year's Eve may be the ugliest movie of the year, from the garish lighting to the heavy make up and bad costumes.
  28. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 6, 2011
    10
    A movie so excruciating that it makes its predecessor, "Valentine's Day," seem like "Nashville" in comparison.
  29. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Dec 9, 2011
    0
    I have zero reservations about telling you how much I loathed New Year's Eve, a soul-sucking monument to Hollywood greed and saccharine holiday culture.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 8, 2011
    0
    Bad beyond belief.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Dec 14, 2011
    0
    Don't waste your time with a movie that seems merely to have been made to showcase as many name actors as humanly possible. Story? Im still not clear on what that may have been. It's not a movie I would tend to go see but I got roped into it and it couldn't have been more painful. At least each actor I can't stand is only in it for a handful of minutes. It seems like just long enough for them to pick up a paycheck really. Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2011
    4
    Even though New Year's Eve is nowhere near the worst film ever ("The Bounty Hunter" comes to mind) it's true to say that it is not good. However, if you are prepared to play a round of "spot the false teeth" then you are in for a treat! Does anyone in Hollywood have their own teeth these days?. My advice? Go with a bunch of girlfriends but make sure you have a very liquid lunch/dinner first. Full Review »
  3. Jun 6, 2012
    9
    This Is A Good Movie!
    Why All The Bad Reviews?