Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 17 out of 24
  1. Certain scenes in When in Rome signify nothing less than the death of screen slapstick, but I’m hoping it’s one of those fake-out movie deaths where it’s not really dead, not forever.
  2. 38
    Bell, a petite, pretty blonde, may or may not have the Meg Ryan-Julia Roberts-Sandra Bullock goods. When in Rome, a leaden variation on that rom-com recipe, fails utterly to make her case.
  3. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Sounds mildly fun, be forwarned: When in Rome doesn't even offer that.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    The latest demonstration of the impossibility of making a good movie from a bad script is provided by When in Rome, a romantic comedy approved by the previous regime at Disney.
  5. 30
    There are dull stabs at verbal wit that leave you baffled, bored or slightly grossed out.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    A picture that registers between Abysmally Awful and Mildly Mediocre. Such a one would be When in Rome, which is possible to sit through without wanting to stick darts in your eyes or frag the screen. Call it medi-awful.
  7. Josh Duhamel plays the smitten sports reporter who helps her mount her big art show, "Pain"--a fitting title, given the agony induced by this godawful comedy.
  8. 25
    Tale is anything but spellbinding.
  9. An inert comedy starring Kristen Bell as a workaholic unlucky in love, When in Rome is a rom-bomb.
  10. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    It boasts only loose ties to the 1954 romance "Three Coins in the Fountain." And it's best not to even think of "Roman Holiday," the gold standard for hanging, and driving, and doing as Romans do. Rent that instead.
  11. 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.
  12. 25
    It winds up being predictably charmless and forgettable, even as a travelogue or iPod download.
  13. In the case of When in Rome, oh to do what the Romans used to do: Toss the bloody thing to the lions.
  14. Keep your coin far away from this toxic fountain of crap.
  15. 16
    It’s the kind of wretched embarrassment that may leave viewers trying to suspend the belief that they’re still sitting in the theater watching it.
  16. 0
    Even by the extremely low standards of the genre, When in Rome gets failing marks for chemistry, credibility and even coherence.
  17. How do movies this bad still get made?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 11 out of 22
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    Kristen Bell definitely does not save this cliche driven romantic comedy ( if it should even be called that. It should be a horror movie). She gives such a bad performance she almost steeps as low in acting quality as the supporting actors. When in Rome isn't funny or romantic. Please stay away. I give this movie 9%. Full Review »
  2. RickA
    Feb 7, 2010
    You know this is what movie making was like back in the day when morality was considered an important part in the making of a film. I for one have an appreciation for good clean fun and this was fun and humorous with out profanity or nudity, wow, what a surprise. I do not care much for the degradation of humanity by morally destructive movie making and that is why I find this a refreshing change. It appears that the critics that viewed this movie care only for movies that are morally disgusting or violent n their entertainment, maybe they would have liked it better if it had a lot of profane language and a lot of full frontal nudity or incest, Do not get me wrong this is no Gone With The Wind academy award winning love story, but it was cute and fun to watch purely for the entertainment value. Full Review »
  3. SamS
    Feb 28, 2010
    Why do critics always hate romantic comedies? Is it because their own lives are humorless and without love? Kristen Bell is adorable and her enjoyable personality made it worth seeing the whole movie. Full Review »