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  • Summary: An ambitious young New Yorker, disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a "foolish" fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors: a sausage magnate, a street magician, an adoring painter and a self-admiring model. But when a charming reporter pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing? (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 17 out of 24
  1. 63
    It is neither deep nor intelligent, but it's not intended to be either. The saving grace of the otherwise generic product is that Bell's vivacity and Duhamel's rakish charm allow the viewer to root for them.
  2. 50
    When in Rome may fall flat in places, but at least it hasn't had all the personality manicured out of it.
  3. Regardless of where its stars want to take it, all roads here lead to blandness and inanity.
  4. 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.
  5. An inert comedy starring Kristen Bell as a workaholic unlucky in love, When in Rome is a rom-bomb.
  6. 25
    It winds up being predictably charmless and forgettable, even as a travelogue or iPod download.
  7. How do movies this bad still get made?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 11 out of 22
  1. 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. Expand
  2. jennysurfer
    Jan 31, 2010
    Perfect chick flick for a night out with the ladies!!! Loved the craziness and has a different story line then others of it's kind. Truly unique!! Expand
  3. ZoltronK
    Jan 31, 2010
    I liked it. It was a good romantic-comedy and a great date movie.
  4. Nov 16, 2011
    When In Rome is a cheesy, cliched and poorly acted film that mainly relies on predictable and annoying romantic-comedy cliches than originality.
  5. Dec 8, 2012
    I watched this a second time and I have no idea what I saw in it the first time. Not only was the story so-so, but it wasn't even told well. The pacing was horrible! I felt like the two main characters met, then they were instantly in love, and then there was immediate conflict. Also, the supporting cast is exhausting and annoying. I hate Jon Heder! While I'll admit I liked this film the first time, it did not deliver at all the second time. Expand
  6. JamesH
    May 16, 2010
    I saw this movie on a cruise ship one day when I was bored. I couldn't believe how lazy the writing was - it was more like a bad TV sitcom than a full production movie. Predictability is normal in a romantic comedy but a good one has good chemistry between the leads and is funny. This one is NOT funny - nearly all attempts at humor failed. The audience I saw it with were quiet the entire time. Expand
  7. AaronC.
    Jan 30, 2010
    romantic comedies usually don't come through, but this film was so very, very terrible. What in the heck are hilarious people like Kristen Bell, Danny DeVito, Angelica Huston, Will Arnett (one of my favorite comedians: terrible in this film) and Dax Sheperd doing in this god awful piece of garbage? Expand

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