A movie I often found myself laughing at in ridicule, and one that also gave me a lump in the throat. So I guess you could say I had a good time.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The screenplay isn't written so much as assembled in carefully slotted little blocks, following the rules of a screenwriting textbook.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Why bother with a new title? New Year's Eve is simply 2010's Valentine's Day all over again, and it's about as appealing as a flute of cheap Champagne left over from the last holiday.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Sags when it should shimmer, labors clunkily when it should glide and - most unforgivably - plops some otherwise attractive and even talented actors into roles that are completely outside their physical and psychic comfort zone.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Mayans might have predicted the end of the world in 2012, but could they have known that the countdown to eternal hellfire would begin with Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve?
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
An inferior retread of Marshall's equally contrived "Valentine's Day," only dressed up with coats and confetti.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The only thing that can inspire more cynicism than a holiday's coerced emotions may be a film that both exploits and celebrates said emotions.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Marshall knows a certain kind of comedy, but his technique has a way of pitting performers squarely against their own material.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This is more of a clown car than it is a movie.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
The movie plays like a time warp to 1951. The opening shot of the movie is a horse and buggy. Jon Bon Jovi plays pop music's hottest superstar. You half expect the actors to pass a kissing booth or an organ grinder with a leashed monkey.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Written on the level of a bad episode of The Love Boat, this is one of those concoctions that intertwines about 10 storylines and then concludes with a cherry on top.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It is the cinematic equivalent of a greeting card: Both the sentiment and the laughs are plentiful, cheap and forgettable.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
Offering around a dozen barely there, aggressively agreeable mini-stories spliced together and spit out with lawnmower-style eloquence, the film is pushed to punishing lengths by the engorged cast list.
Andrew Barker - Variety
A soul-sucking monument to Hollywood greed and saccharine holiday culture.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
We hope that somewhere amid the streamers and popping champagne corks director Marshall is making a resolution to stop making these movies.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
An even lazier, even dumber re-hash of Valentine's Day - a movie that was already very lazy and dumb to begin with.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
This New Year's Eve leaves you feeling like you've got no one to kiss at midnight.
Dave McGinn - Globe and Mail
The result proves to be as appealing and effervescent as a flute of flat champagne.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
If there is some kind of world record for schmaltz, this may have set it.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
Neither nicely written, nor nicely acted nor nicely made.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Director Garry Marshall follows last year's Valentine's Day with New Year's Eve where an all-star cast lines up to collect paychecks - at our expense!
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's all perfectly pleasant and perfectly harmless and perfectly bland.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
It's like channel surfing when there's nothing on but crap.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Offering up genuinely unlikable characters and terrible dialogue, this comedy qualifies as one of the year's worst.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
The bland lead the bland through a sea of New Year's revelers...
Colossal waste of talent and time.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Your appreciation for the film may depend on your tolerance for sugar.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Among the year's worst films. The tragedy is funny, the comedy is tragic, and about its only saving grace is that it makes 2010's Valentines Day look almost passable.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
...a perfectly watchable (and consistently hackneyed) feel-good ensemble drama.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The cinematic equivalent of a piece of New York style cheesecake and about as artistically satisfying.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
a sea of quickly put together, cheesy romcom vignettes that fail to put across any kind of meaningful message
James Luxford - The National
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
New Year's Eve is pretty much laugh-free, trading on tired visual gags and some unbelievably cynical 'cutesy' scenes (baby montage anyone?) for most of its humour.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
- Empire Magazine
Garry Marshall, how could you? You have made a mockery of a movie that bears the name of my birthday. I take this as a personal affront.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
... a nice box of holiday chocolates ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Proves, in its tiny way, that no matter how bad the modern romantic comedy has already become, there's still plenty of room for it to get worse.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A joyless, overstuffed confection that seems designed more to maximise product placement.
James Croot - Flicks.co.nz
No message, no car chases and explosions, no 3D - just relaxing entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Much of it is dreck but the stories that work are charming and in a few select cases, provide a sudden emotional wallop.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Watching Robert De Niro put yet another nail in the coffin of his career is bad enough, but et tu Michelle Pfeiffer?
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Thankfully, Groundhog Day is already taken.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
New Year's Eve is like Woody Allen lite for the masses ( ... ) by never threatening to copy the smut of 50/50 or Bridesmaids, it's a memory-stirring, warm-hearted breath of fresh air. Even at 117 minutes.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
An onslaught of schmaltz, passing off greeting card platitudes as dialogue and repeatedly reminds us the end of one year and the beginning of another is about second chances, hope and forgiveness.
- Liverpool Echo
All human life is here in predictably two-dimensional form, ready to confront 2012 with a brave face, a throbbing heart and a head unclouded by economic worries.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
As Winston Churchill might have said, never have so many done so little for so many with such dreary results
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
With so much talent on the screen, it's an opportunity wasted - fewer, more meaningful stories might have worked better
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Forget counting down from 10 as the ball drops in Times Square; here instead is a countdown of the 10 key points in New Year's Eve, which proves to be even tougher to take than director Garry Marshall's previous all-star holiday romp, Valentine's Day.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I think I read about this somewhere in the Book of Revelations (ya know, somewhere between forty years of darkness, and the dead walking the Earth).
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Quick -- somebody help me stage an intervention for director Garry Marshall.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
New Year's Eve feels like a film made by an entire cast and crew that has never actually celebrated New Year's Eve.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
The only entertaining way to watch New Year's Eve is as a cruel experiment in which performers stranded with absolutely no script support are forced to subsist on pure presence, which quickly becomes a blood sport in which only a few survive.
Linda Holmes - NPR
When a cameo by Matthew Broderick is just a set-up to name his character "Buellerton" it's time to ring in the New Year and call it a night.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Rivals Gigli as one of the most cringe-inducing, asinine and silly romcoms in quite some time. Save yourself the torture and just rent Love Actually instead.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
It's all edited with a Cuisinart, such that when a character you last saw 20 minutes ago (the movie's an excruciating two hours) pops up again, you have to remind yourself who they are.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
NYE, the #1 reason I hate you is because I'm going to look like a total a**hole when I have to admit to my mother that yes, I saw you, and I thought you were terrible.
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
Shallow, star-studded romcom has some drinking, swearing.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Shameless, would-be holiday heartwarmer...a commercial conglomerate of star-ridden sound bytes
David Noh - Film Journal International
Not much to celebrate in dull 'New Year's Day'
James Verniere - Boston Herald
So garish and manipulative that it doesn't really qualify as a film -- it's a product, no more an actual movie than a Hallmark card is a piece of poetry.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
To say "New Year's Eve" is cheesy is an understatement. Love struck people running around and trying to have a good time. But that is also what makes the film fun.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Should auld acquaintance be forgot? I don't know, but "New Year's Eve" sure should be.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The worst sin of 'New Year's Eve' is the insulating presentation of New Year's Eve in the Big Apple. Hopefully, no one thinks New Year's Eve in New York City is this boring, cliched and common.
Clay Cane - BET.com
One can only hope that enough viewers make a resolution not to support cinematic flotsam like this (Parental Movie Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The band abandoned Bon Jovi and let him make this movie on his own, showing Richie Sambora has higher standards than Robert DeNiro.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
This is a movie where Zac Efron teaches Michelle Pfeiffer to say yes to life. This is a movie where Zac Efron is a real chill bro who can inspire people to say yes to life.
Dave White - Movies.com
There's so much wrong here, it's difficult to condense it all into one review.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Not one of the characters ever behaves in a normal human manner, nor is even one of the stories compelling, funny, or interesting.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Like Marshall's last ensemble piece, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve is strictly by the numbers, a generic exercise in empty momentum.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
It's not fun, it's not funny, it's not realistic. It's beyond boring.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
None of the marquee names come off particularly well here, so it's more a matter of figuring out who embarrasses themselves the most.
Like "The Love Boat," this is stories about love featuring a lot of big stars and with depth that can only be measured with micrometers - and Sofia Vergara as Charo.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
...while generally uninvolving, it's a nice, moral, family-oriented film, better than sitting through many of the others that are out there right now.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
It is so bad that if Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov ever sees it, he will make a statement that begins "Had I known about this film at the time. . ."
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The cinematic equivalent of a glass of flat champagne.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
This is one of those unusual films that's more boring than life.
David Sexton - This is London
New Year's Eve actually has more in common with the day that proceeds the alcohol-soaked holiday ... it's the kind of experience that will leave you nauseated, give you a splitting headache and cause you to curl up on a couch in the fetal position.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Despite having amassed a roster of roughly thirty bonafide film stars and respected character actors, New Year's Eve is nothing more than a glorified cameo carousel, and a laughably schmaltzy, punishingly dull one at that.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
New Year's Eve is a perfect example of why the adjective "Hollywood" is so often used as a pejorative.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
A big dumb mess.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The problem is that the characters would have to be fleshed out to be considered stick figures... it's the biggest waste of talented people since the last Oscar telecast.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Marshall's direction imbues the film with the sweetness of a raw onion.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
There's little sorcery capable of loosening Marshall's directorial death grip, which always manages to squeeze intriguing emotional disturbances and crucial acts of longing into a glop of unflavored cinematic pudding.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Perhaps at some point in the future, a great movie will feature the line, 'Ladies, may the best va-jay-jay win!'
Matt Pais - RedEye
If you are surprised by anything in this movie, you need to see more movies.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
New Year's Eve is still laugh-out-loud funny in places and tries to be heartwarming.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
So many characters, so little substance! Comes perilously close to feeling like a spoof of a romantic comedy instead of the genuine article.
New Year's Eve is not unbearable. It's not bad, but it's not good, either.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
I tell ya, I haven't heard this much talk about ball-dropping since the junior high locker room.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The stories and filmmaking overdose on ill-conceived schmaltz.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
What can be said about a movie that is nice and awful? That has a warm spirit and is 100 percent phony? That has all the stars in the galaxy and all the appeal of rotting fish?
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It has plenty of plastic heart, but it'd be hard to imagine a film that took fewer chances, or more dogged pride in playing it safe.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
In spite of the multi character element, New Year's Eve has virtually no discernible plot to speak of - just a melange of badly scripted schmaltz that meanders back and forth with no real care.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Like the stroke of midnight, "New Year's Eve" disappears almost instantly, leaving little behind but limp streamers and the sense that, surely, there was a better party going on somewhere else.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The message of the picture, delivered with the sincerity of an unsolicited email from Nigeria, is that everyone deserves a second chance and forgiveness - even, presumably, Ashton Kutcher.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It's as though Marshall and writer Katherine Fugate gathered together all the subplots from films that never got made or were left on the cutting-room floor - and sticky-taped them together end on end to create this horror of a holiday centipede.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
[A] multi-stranded, over-earnest piece of schlock full of puddle-deep morality, product placement and zero laughs.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Though you're expecting the predictable ending, the finale, and what goes on before it, feels phoney and contrived, while a vulgar mean streak throughout only further puts you off.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
The film is like one of those Robert Altman big-canvas movies minus the inspiration.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Overstuffed with half-formed ideas that go nowhere.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The film is intended to be a romantic comedy. But its flat direction, stock punch lines, insipid musical numbers and suffocating swarm of characters make it horrifying.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
It uses its titular holiday as a ruthless star delivery system in which a menagerie of assembled celebs sprints through a collection of interconnected narrative threads that briskly accelerate from alleged comedy to syrupy sentimentality.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
As if the film weren't chock full of cliches already, it rolls out to 'Raise Your Glass.' If I'd had one, I would have thrown it.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
You have to worry when a film's musical medley finale is far more entertaining than what you've just sat through.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Most depressingly of all there is Robert de Niro, playing a sick old guy in hospital who wants to see the ball drop one more time. I would like to see it drop on Garry Marshall's head.
Same crap, different day.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Another lavish helping of cliches, cameos and implausibly interweaving love stories. Fine if you're a fan of Valentine's Day, but Marshall's multi-star champagne cocktail is all bubbles and no booze.
Paul M. Bradshaw - Total Film
safe, palatable, homogenized entertainment
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
New Year's Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Make it your New Year's resolution to see something other than "New Year's Eve."
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's timely, festive, star-studded treacle.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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."
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's fair to say that Marshall dropped the ball with this one, too.
Stella Papamichael - Radio Times
Nothing wrong with an unashamedly sentimental holiday flick, but there's no excuse for these nails-on-a-chalkboard characters and manipulative heartstring yanking.
Emma Dibdin - Little White Lies
The combination of cheap humor and sappy sentiment is all too pat, and...the characters are so cardboard that to call them stock sitcom types would be an insult to situation comedy.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Those who pay for this film should add "don't get suckered into seeing bad movies" to their list of New Year's resolutions.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Even if there are people in "New Year's Eve" you're looking forward to seeing, you don't want to see them in this.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Many of the individual segments are too mundane, contrived and bland even for an episode of The Love Boat.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
The half-hearted presence of these actors is the ultimate metaphor for the current tragedy facing the creative class.
Richard Larson - Slant Magazine
Marshall sticks to his rose-colored principles: You gotta have hope, listen to your heart and take leaps of faith. Plus a new one: Sarah Jessica Parker should never make it through a movie without at least one pair of fabulous shoes.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
It's basically Love Actually without the, erm, wit, pathos, humanity, humour and modest wage bill of Richard Curtis' seasonal luvvie-in.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Disappointing, cynically contrived and desperately unfunny ensemble romcom that falls painfully flat thanks to dull characters, an irritating script and some deeply misguided mawkish sentimentality that's unintentionally the funniest thing in the film.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This is repeat business for the filmmakers of Valentine's Day, except that this charmless party of a movie (and movie of a party) has larger cast and is even more schmaltzy than the first picture.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It would be a step in the right direction if New Year's Eve could aspire to be phony and manipulative. It fails to rise to even that level of incompetence, and it's happy with its stupidity.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Yet another Garry Marshall mix-and-match mash-up of movie stars, holiday bromides and a laugh-free - even laugh-retardant - script by Katherine Fugate.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Lately Garry Marshall has shown a certain genius for turning miserable holidays into terrible movies.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Though the screenplay is inane, New Year's Eve coasts on the easy charm of its stars... There's an inherent pleasure in seeing Saturday Night Live's Meyers go head to head with Inglourious Basterd Schweiger, just because it's so very strange.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
This is a party you can't wait to be over.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
A New Year's toast as sentimental as singing Auld Lang Syne!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com